Throwing Away Privacy In The Blink Of An Eye
from the all-that-work-for-nothing dept
While we're on the topic of folks in Congress being inconsistent in their views, Declan McCullough has written up a piece questioning Representative Joe Barton on privacy issues. He's repeatedly fought hard for privacy rights and making sure that individuals' data are secure, but as soon as the election season "for the children" pandering started, he was one of the first in line. His proposal is to require ISPs to retain data for the sake of tracking down child pornographers and child predators. That's a noble goal, obviously, but it raises a lot of questions about why ISPs need to be burdened and (more importantly) why everyone else's privacy must be weakened. As McCullough notes, once that data is out there, it will be used for a lot more than just tracking down child predators. Whether or not the law allows for it, the rights to protect that data will continually erode. At the same time, just having that data available means that those who have access to it (or figure out how to have access to it) will misuse it or lose it. That's practically guaranteed. So, for someone so interested in protecting our privacy, it seems that Rep. Barton is working hard to wipe out an awful lot of privacy in one simple move.