Hawaii to Keep Track of All Websites Visited?

January 27, 2012, By Sanjeev

Listen to this. The Hawaii legislature is considering plans to curb the privacy of Aloha State residents through a bill to keep track of every website the people visit. The H.B. 2288 requires creation of virtual dossiers on state residents and says their Internet destination history information and subscriber’s information such as name and address must be saved for two years. H.B. 2288 also says the dossiers must include a list of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names visited.

Hawaii to Keep Track of All Websites Visited?

Democratic Rep. John Mizuno of Oahu is the man behind this. Yes, the SOPA guy. And he and the other sponsors have not come out with a reason for introducing this bill. Also, Mizuno’s proposal currently specifies no privacy protections, such as placing restrictions on what Internet providers can do with this information or requiring that police obtain a court order before perusing the virtual dossiers of Hawaiian citizens, or requiring the use of any encryption.

H.B. 2288 raises all of the traditional concerns associated with data retention, and then some, said Kate Dean, head of the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association, which counts Verizon and AT&T as members, told CNET today. And this may be the broadest mandate we’ve seen, he added.

So it could impose sweeping new requirements on coffee shops, bookstores, and hotels, apart from AT&T, Verizon, and Hawaii’s local Internet providers. In other words, this one applies to any company that provides access to the Internet.

I assume it’s to make the data available to be subpoenaed when the state is pursuing people suspected of serious crimes, but I haven’t heard anything from the representatives themselves, says Daniel Leuck, the chief executive of Honolulu-based software design boutique Ikayzo.

Even the Department of Justice hasn’t publicly demanded that companies record the destination IP addresses of individual internet users.

There is a companion bill, the S.B. 2530, introduced by Democrat Jill Tokuda, the Hawaii Senate’s majority whip. No hearing has been scheduled for this one.



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