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  •  And the shit just doesn't stop (18+ / 0-)

    SOPA sponsor has another Internet bill that records you 24/7

    Senator Lamar Smith, lead sponsor of the currently dead SOPA bill you’ve heard so much about, has another bill in the works that uses Child Pornography as a screen to push through an amendment that’ll have your internet service provider tracking all of your financial dealings online. Each time you use a credit card, each time you read your bank statement, all of your IP information and your search history will be required by your ISP to be stored for 18 months at all times. This bill is H.R. 1981 and will have more dire consequences than SOPA or PIPA ever had the potential to have.

    "I wish I could tell you, in the midst of all of this, that President Obama was waging the kind of fight against these draconian Republican proposals that the American people would like to see. He is not." -- Senator Bernie Sanders

    by Sagebrush Bob on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:40:06 PM PST

    •  talk about "big brother" watching you, sheesh n/t (4+ / 0-)

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      I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
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      "A Better World is Possible" - #Occupy

      by Angie in WA State on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:40:55 PM PST

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    •  The entire on-line merchandise industry (7+ / 0-)

      will come down against that one.

      What is Smith thinking?

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:44:24 PM PST

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    •  It's supposed to be encrpyted (6+ / 0-)

      using a https protocol.

      No ISP should be able to read one of my financial transactions.

    •  ISPs don't track search histories. (1+ / 0-)
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      auron renouille

      Nor do ISPs have the technology to track their clients' search history. That's something that can be tracked by your browser.

      •  Your browser has to send (2+ / 0-)
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        Marjmar, lotlizard

        the search term to the engine of your choice.

        They certainly CAN track and save it.

        However ... If you use a VPN they certainly can not :)

        I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
        but I fear we will remain Democrats.

        by twigg on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:49:48 PM PST

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    •  Couple of Points (2+ / 0-)
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      Lamar Smith is in the House, not the Senate.  

      Anyway, I just looked this bill up to try to find a better source, and the bill number is correct and has been kicking around for a while.  I hadn't heard of it up until now, but the ACLU has a couple of concerns:

      The bill requires Internet companies to log all temporarily assigned network addresses, also known as IP addresses, for a minimum of one year. IP addresses directly link individuals to their online activity and can reveal very private information about everything from health concerns to political interests. And once all of this personal information about innocent Americans is collected, it would be available to law enforcement for any purpose.

      Broad immunity provisions for companies in the bill also threaten to undermine state data breach laws and data security protections as well as potentially immunize companies against tort and other claims. At a time when high profile data breaches are daily news stories and identity theft is widespread, this provision seems ill-considered at best.

      The big issue is that innocent people can get in trouble because IP addresses have been used in copyright infringment lawsuits, and frequently have been found to drag in the wrong person.  Such as when they sued a blind man for stealing movies:

      The bad news arrived in John Doe 2,057's mailbox in May. His wife unsealed a thick envelope from Comcast and read a carefully worded message explaining that a company called Imperial Enterprises, Inc. had filed a lawsuit against him in Washington, D.C., federal court. He stood accused of having illegally downloaded a copyrighted film five months earlier, at precisely 6:03 a.m. on the morning of January 27. The name of the Imperial Enterprises movie he purportedly purloined wasn't mentioned until four pages later. Though printed in tiny italic font in a court filing, it practically leapt off the page: Tokyo Cougar Creampies

      Yet when Mrs. Doe set eyes on that ignominious title, she couldn't help but crack a smile at the absurdity of the situation. Her husband is legally blind, with vision roughly 1/100th of that of a person with normal sight. He is physically incapable of watching any film, this particular porno included.

      "No man born with a living soul can be working for the clampdown" The Clash

      by Calee4nia on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 01:21:13 AM PST

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      •  Ip addresses change. Just because (1+ / 0-)
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        My computer had an ip address of whatever 6 mos ago doesn't mean it has that ip address now. Or ever will again.

        Most ISPs use dynamically assigned ip addresses.

        •  IP Addresses (1+ / 0-)
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          For several reasons, the concept of using a network IP address as a means of identifying the actual user is flawed.  In the copyright area this technique has been very abused, so to extend it from how it has been used in the civil law area to using the same techniques in criminal law is probably not a good idea.  I'll go into this in more detail later if I have time.

          "No man born with a living soul can be working for the clampdown" The Clash

          by Calee4nia on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 09:07:06 AM PST

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