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Experts: Child Protection Bill Will Impact Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 25, 2011

A bill aimed at protecting children from Internet exploitation that was approved by the House Judiciary Committee last month is expected to soon head to the floor of the House, and privacy advocates are warning it goes beyond the scope of what it "claims to be aiming for," NPR reports. The "Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011" would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to keep customer IP addresses for one year. Gregory Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology says law enforcement can already require ISPs to hold data on particular suspects, adding, "What this is about is saving the data about everyone's use, just in case someone might become a suspect."
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