What the hell was our legislature trying to do?

27 Jan

If this doesn’t scare the hell out of you, you’re dead and just don’t know it.

For a couple of days our legislature stepped over the line, which is saying a lot given the bat-shit crazy stuff it’s tried to pass before.

Republican Representative Kymberly Pine has had some bad experiences with a guy named Eric Ryan.

We have too but we didn’t even consider what she wants.

Pine asked Democrat Jill Tokuda, the Hawaii Senate’s majority whip, to introduce a bill to require Internet providers to keep track of every Web site their customers visit.

Every one.
Like porn?
Check, logged.

Like downloading an occasional song?
Check, logged.

Like to read off-the-wall political incorrect bogs or web sites?
Check, logged.

Buying books from the Internet?
Check, logged.

What ever you do, wherever you go will end up in a database for two years.

There was a hearing on the bill yesterday morning and the reaction from the internet industry and regular citizens brought all the foolishness to a halt.

Here’s what your politicians wanted to do.

HB 2288 required the creation of virtual dossiers on state residents.

It says “Internet destination history information” and “subscriber’s information” such as name and address must be saved for two years.

The bill doesn’t give a reason for it, or who would have access to this information, but we promise you the way it’s written anybody can rummage through your history.

As you can imagine, Hawaii’s Internet companies didn’t welcome this with open arms.
You shouldn’t either.

One provider said it “represents a radical violation of privacy and opens the door to rampant Fourth Amendment violations.”

Yes, indeed.

Here’s another thing wrong with the bill, as if the invasion of privacy wasn’t enough:

There were no privacy protections, such as placing restrictions on what Internet providers can do with this information or requiring law enforcement obtain a court order before perusing your interest history.

There’s no security requirements such as mandating the use of encryption.

Let’s take this a bit further – because the wording was so broad and applied to any company that “provides access to the Internet,” it could have affect more than the Internet providers.

It could also have imposed sweeping new requirements on coffee shops, bookstores, and hotels frequented by the over 6 million tourists who visit the islands each year.

This is dumb and a great example of how very bad bills become law.

The public should not have had to come out to fight it – it should have never seen the light of day to begin with.

It was an incredible invasion of your privacy and makes us wonder how any of the bill’s sponsors had the gumption or stupidity to take it as far as they did.

You put them in office, folks.

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