Lamar Smith (the senator who created SOPA) wrote another bill: HR 1981. This requires your internet service provider to store your search history and IP address for 18 months.
Before, the feds needed a subpoena to start recording your movements on the web. Now that information is already stored so they have a record of everything you do online, just in case one day you do something wrong. (I get the feeling this should be called HR 1984)
And don't worry; your internet history won't be visible to everyone; it requires the internet service providers to "store the information securely". You know, because that worked out so well for Sony.
Its purpose is to apparently stop child pornographers. Which is all well and good, but it means everyone is being tracked, just in case they might look at some child porn. How is this any different than tapping everyone's phones to listen for possible terrorists?
Just like SOPA, this is like killing a mosquito with a rocket launcher. The bill has already cleared committee. Next step is to be voted on. And what's worse, this will be a lot harder to fight than SOPA. Because it's being dressed up as an anti-child porn measure, every politician will support it regardless of what it says. They won't want their constituents thinking they're pro-child porn, and believe me, if any senator opposes the bill their opponent will jump at the chance to use that against them. "Senator Brown voted against stopping pedophiles!" It'll be hard to convince them to oppose this bill when they know it could paint them as pro-pedophilia to ignorant voters.
Oh, and one more thing: you don't have to be suspected of child porn for the government to access your internet history.
Not to mention there's no way in hell that our history won't be sold to advertisers.Even more troubling is what the government would need to do in order to access this trove of private information: ask for it.
I kid you not -- that's it.
As written, The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 doesn't require that someone be under investigation on child pornography charges in order for police to access their Internet history -- being suspected of any crime is enough. (It may even be made available in civil matters like divorce trials or child custody battles.) Nor do police need probable cause to search this information.
We've already got ACTA to worry about, and now this. I'm starting to think we should leave this country altogether...