May 262011
 
 May 26, 2011  Laws, Surveillance

Declan McCullagh reports:

Wireless providers won’t have to comply with extensive requirements in a new bill that would force Internet companies to log data about their customers.

CNET was the first to report this exemption for wireless carriers in an article a few weeks ago. That legislation was publicly announced today by U.S. Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the head of the House Judiciary Committee, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

That appears to be the result of lobbying from wireless providers, which don’t want to have to comply with any new governmental mandates. But the exemption has already drawn the ire of the U.S. Justice Department, and is likely to attract strong opposition from cable and DSL providers who would be the ones singled out for regulation.

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