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Judiciary Committee Passes Data Retention Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 29, 2011

The House Judiciary Committee has passed HR 1981 after defeating an amendment that would have placed limits on Internet service providers' (ISPs) requirement in the proposed law to retain IP addresses for one year and make them available to law enforcement by an administrative subpoena. If approved, the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act would eliminate law enforcement's need for court orders to access such information, prompting arguments from some that the bill grants too much power to the Justice Department and would create a robust database for hackers to potentially access. The committee has adopted amendments requiring ISP compliance with the bill's privacy standards and encouraging breach notifications, Broadcasting & Cable reports.  
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