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Judiciary Debates ISP Data Retention Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 28, 2011

The House Judiciary Committee has been debating whether the government should require Internet service providers to retain customer IP addresses and associated data for at least a year to help law enforcement investigate and locate child pornographers, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said the bill, "Protecting Children 5 From Pornographers Act of 2011," violates privacy rights and would not prevent crime. The bill has also drawn criticism from privacy advocates, but committee chairman and co-author of the bill Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) says it would exclude public and government WiFi networks like libraries and coffee shops.  

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