Civil Liberties

Solidifying Their Place in the Minority


Probably doesn't have much chance of passing, but worth keeping an eye on:

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, introduced a bill last week that could require all Internet service providers to save data on their customers—anything from a user's name and address to emails, instant messages and information about every website you choose to visit in the dead of night.

Like most onerous Internet legislation, Smith's couching the "SAFETY Act" as an important tool to fight online sexual predators.