Rainey Reitman of EFF writes:
It’s a very good day for Internet freedom – a controversial, anti-privacy data retention mandate is notably absent from the child protection bill recently introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. SOPA-author Lamar Smith had previously introduced H.R. 1981, which would have mandated that ISPs collect and maintain data on Internet users not suspected of any crime. Under the bill, ISPs would be required to keep historical records on IP address assignments, which raised serious civil liberties concerns. We’re heartened to see these troubling provisions are not present in the replacement bill, Child Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 6063).
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