In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg said that a proposal to retain identifying information on Internet users would put at risk "99.9% of Internet users." H.R. 1981, a bill to address concerns about children pornography, would require Internet Service Providers to store temporarily assigned IP addresses for future government use. And the bill would create a new immunity so that ISPs would not be liable if problems resulted. EPIC also pointed out with the increased risk of data breaches and identity theft, best practices now follow data minimization rather than data retention. Prospects for passage of H.R. 1981 dimmed at the hearing after Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) said he would oppose the measure. For more information, see EPIC - Data Retention.
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Communications Law and Policy
Jerry Kang and Alan Butler