Congress Wants To Monitor Your Internet Activities

Pay no attention to the subtle munching sounds you hear in the background. That’s just the government chewing away at our civil liberties.

A bill introduced last week by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) is beginning to raise eyebrows.

[It] would require ISPs to record all users’ surfing activity, IM conversations and email traffic indefinitely.

The bill, dubbed the Safety Act by sponsor Lamar Smith, a republican congressman from Texas, would impose fines and a prison term of one year on ISPs which failed to keep full records. (emphasis mine)

This is a terrifying development and it must be stopped before it gains any significant momentum. Background, Action items and contact information below the fold.

Under the guise of reducing child pornography, the SAFETY (Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today’s Youth Act) Act is currently the gravest threat to digital privacy rights on the Internet. Given the increasing tendency of people, especially young people, to use the Internet as a primary means of communications, this measure would effect nearly all Americans in ways we are only beginning to understand. Also, given the fact that the Act requires all Internet Service Providers to record the web surfing activity of all Internet users, this amounts to the warrantless wiretapping of the entire Internet.

(via Shakespeare’s Sister)

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  1. LL,

    I see a booming business in offshore encrypted proxy services. I know I would start to use one just to piss off the feds.

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  2. Chris,

    I can see it now; “If you are against this bill, then you are against keeping children safe!” or “If you are against this bill, then you are for child pornography and terrorism!”

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  3. pvc,

    Given the example of the former Rep. Foley (big fan of repressive ‘save the children’ ‘laws’) one has to wonder about the surfing habits of Rep. Lamar Smith.

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