Hawaii’s legislature is weighing an unprecedented proposal to curb the privacy of Aloha State residents: requiring Internet providers to keep track of every Web site their customers visit.
Its House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing this morning on a new bill (PDF) requiring the creation of virtual dossiers on state residents. The measure, H.B. 2288, says “Internet destination history information” and “subscriber’s information” such as name and address must be saved for two years.
H.B. 2288, which was introduced Friday, says the dossiers must include a list of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names visited. Democratic Rep. John MizunoÂ of Oahu is the lead sponsor; […]
DemocratÂ Jill Tokuda, the Hawaii Senate’s majority whip, who introduced a companion bill,Â S.B. 2530, in the Senate, told CNET that her legislation was intended to address concerns raised by Rep. Kymberly Pine, the first Republican elected to her Oahu district since statehood and the House minority floor leader. […]
Pine, who did not immediately respond to queries, has been targeted by a disgruntled Web designer, Eric Ryan, who launchedÂ KymPineIsACrook.comÂ and claims she owes him money, according to anÂ articleÂ last summer in the Hawaii Reporter. Her e-mail account wasÂ also reportedly hackedÂ around the same time. The article said Pine would advocate for “tougher cyber laws at the Hawaii State Capitol” as a result. […]
Whatever its sponsors’ motivations, the bill isn’t exactly being welcomed by Hawaiian Internet companies.
“This bill represents a radical violation of privacy and opens the door to rampant Fourth Amendment violations,” saysÂ Daniel Leuck, chief executive of Honolulu-based software design boutiqueÂ Ikayzo, who submitted testimony opposing the bill. […]
Mizuno’s proposal currently specifies no privacy protections, such as placing restrictions on what Internet providers can do with this information (like selling user profiles to advertisers) or requiring that police obtain a court order before perusing the virtual dossiers of Hawaiian citizens. Also absent are security requirements such as mandating the use of encryption.