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Recording Your Online Life

Tell me, what ever happened to the concept of keeping the government out of peoples’ lives?  Once upon a time it was a cornerstone of the Republican philosophy.

Not any more.

Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.

Translated, the Internet Safety Act applies not just to AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and so on–but also to the tens of millions of homes with Wi-Fi access points or wired routers that use the standard method of dynamically assigning temporary addresses. (That method is called Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, or DHCP.)

I wonder how many people in those “tens of millions of homes” even know that their router keeps records much less how to access them?

However, I’m sure the supporters of this concept will assure us that all these records will be kept secure and will never be abused by anyone, ever.

That’s sarcasm, in case you weren’t sure. :-)

1 Comment

  1. Louise Maine

    Thanks for the heads up! Went to read the article and found the comments fascinating. Not only does it seem Orwellian (it is nice they framed it for protecting children, but this really is more about surveillance), but one commenter brings up a Ben Franklin quote:

    Those who give up freedom for security will soon have neither (because the security itself will become the oppressor).

    This bill is absurd on many counts. But one that can’t be ignored, is how the cost/expertise to comply will change internet access that can affect many. This changes access that can bring poorer communities up and benefit children.

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