Sensenbrenner and Sensibility

by on May 17, 2006 · 6 comments

Over at the Cato blog, Radley Balko reports that James Sensenbrenner has prepared legislation to require your ISP to maintain records of your online activities to assist law enforcement officials. For the children, of course:

In addition, Sensenbrenner’s legislation–expected to be announced as early as this week–also would create a federal felony targeted at bloggers, search engines, e-mail service providers and many other Web sites. It’s aimed at any site that might have “reason to believe” it facilitates access to child pornography–through hyperlinks or a discussion forum, for instance.

Speaking to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children last month, Gonzales warned of the dangers of pedophiles using the Internet anonymously and called for new laws from Congress. “At the most basic level, the Internet is used as a tool for sending and receiving large amounts of child pornography on a relatively anonymous basis,” Gonzales said.

I’ll just say I don’t think that sounds like a good idea.

  • http://www.blindmindseye.com MikeT

    I have a semi-technical explanation of why it’s worse than some realize here. I don’t claim to be an expert on HTTP, but I have enough of a working knowledge of it to know that this is MAJOR dragnet territory. If they don’t kill those HTTP bodies in the log files, they’ll get your emails, blog comments/emails and most of your passwords as a “value-added bonus.”

  • http://www.techliberation.com/ Tim

    That link isn’t working for me.

  • http://www.blindmindseye.com MikeT

    Sorry, I switched away from Hosting Matters today back to Dreamhost and the permalink mod rewrite rules weren’t set. It works now.

  • http://www.blindmindseye.com MikeT

    I have a semi-technical explanation of why it’s worse than some realize here. I don’t claim to be an expert on HTTP, but I have enough of a working knowledge of it to know that this is MAJOR dragnet territory. If they don’t kill those HTTP bodies in the log files, they’ll get your emails, blog comments/emails and most of your passwords as a “value-added bonus.”

  • http://www.techliberation.com/ Tim

    That link isn’t working for me.

  • http://www.blindmindseye.com MikeT

    Sorry, I switched away from Hosting Matters today back to Dreamhost and the permalink mod rewrite rules weren’t set. It works now.

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