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Data Retention Bill Draws Fire

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 2, 2011

A bill aimed at curbing child pornography has drawn criticism from privacy advocates for requiring Internet service providers (ISPs) to retain personal data on temporarily assigned network addresses for 12 months, reports InfoWorld. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are speaking out against the bill, saying it would open up the data to abuse and misuse. "Essentially what this bill is attempting to do is make it such that you can never post anything online without there being a record indicating that you posted it," said Kevin Bankston of the EFF. An ACLU representative wants answers to questions about ISPs' current data collection practices. 
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