Via The Hill’s Sara Jerome, House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith is calling for new online privacy laws. But unlike the usual talk about privacy — namely, protecting consumers online — Smith wants new laws that force providers to keep private data:
Smith said at a hearing on Tuesday that Internet access providers should be forced to save personal details linked to users’ IP addresses as a way to help combat child pornography. In the last Congress, he introduced a bill requiring they do so for two years.
“It ensures that the online footprints of predators are not erased,” he said.