Proposed Legislation in Hawaii Requires ISPs to Keep Track of All Websites Visited by Customers

Proposed Legislation in Hawaii Requires ISPs to Keep Track of All Websites Visited by Customers

How is this for some Aloha? New proposed legislation in the Hawaii House of Representatives will require ISPs in the state to keep track of every website their customers visit for two years.

HB 2288 states that "Internet destination history information" and "subscriber's information" like name and address must be saved for two years. Democratic Rep. John Mizuno of Oahu is the bill’s lead sponsor.

Along with being a striking privacy breach to the citizens of Hawaii, the legislation isn’t exactly well-crafted.

The House version has no current privacy protections like restricting what the ISPs can do with the information or little things like requiring police to obtain a court order to take a look at the information. And there are no mandates to encrypt the browsing history.

And according to CNET, the proposal is so broad, covering any company that provides access to the Internet,” it could cover hotels, coffee shops and other places that are frequented by millions of tourists each year to the islands.

Not exactly information that would help drive tourism to the state. Hopefully, the legislation will die a quicker-than-SOPA death.

Update (2/1): The bill is now dead, according to Mizuno.

Posted by Brent Dirks on Jan 26, 2012


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