House Committee Approves 'Keep Every American's Digital Data for Submission to the Federal Government Without a Warrant Act of 2011'
from the unfortunate dept
"Every piece of prematurely discarded information could be the footprint of a child predator.... This bill ensures that the online footprints of predators are not erased."If he actually believes that, he's a fool. First of all, those who are actually preying on children likely already know how to disguise their "footprints" online. Second, just because some criminals might use some technology doesn't mean we should give up all of our privacy and civil rights. I mean, it would be just as easy to say that every piece of prematurely discarded email written by Lamar Smith could be the footprint of a criminal. It might not be. In fact, it likely isn't... but by requiring that all of Lamar Smith's emails be made public, we ensure that such online footprints are not erased. See the problem with that logic? Tragically, Smith apparently doesn't recognize how he's selling out the privacy of pretty much the entire country.
Kudos, however, to those who pushed back against this aspect of the bill. Rep. Zoe Lofgren brilliantly pushed a proposal (seriously) to rename the bill the: "Keep Every American's Digital Data for Submission to the Federal Government Without a Warrant Act of 2011." She's right. If only there were some sort of "truth in advertising" law for Congressional bills that would require such bills to be labeled properly....