EFF claims of "ISP Spying" in Internet Legislation HR 1981 are Baseless Scare Tactics






The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) is making hay about internet legislation HR 1981 – a bill that adds a money laundering crime to the books. They are claiming that this bill “Orders Internet Companies to Spy On You.” https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=497 Well I don’t know who is running the EFF these days, but this is bunk. This is the relevant clause from the proposed legislation (which the EFF does not bother to link to). `(h) Retention of Certain Records- A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least 18 months the temporarily assigned network addresses the service assigns to each account, unless that address is transmitted by radio communication (as defined in section 3 of the Communications Act of 1934).’. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.1981: I’ve run an ISP for 16 years and so have some insight as to what this means. As you may know,… read more →