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.