Last week, there was discussion of HB 2288 (pdf) in Hawaii, a bill that could have lead to the state keeping tracking of all Web sites visited, which would raise numerous privacy and civil liberties questions. Now, Computerworld reports that lawmakers in Hawaii have dropped the legislation:
Lawmakers in Hawaii on Thursday quietly dropped a bill that would have required Internet service providers to collect the detailed browsing histories of Internet users in the state and store the data for at least two years.
The bill, HB 2288, would have required anyone providing access to the Internet in Hawaii to maintain “consumer records” of every Internet user’s subscriber information and data such as the IP addresses, domain names and host names of the sites they visit.
In theory at least, the bill would have covered not only ISPs but also libraries, coffee shops and employers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation noted in a blog post Thursday. […]
The bill was scheduled to be heard on Thursday before the Hawaii State Legislature’s House Committee on Economic Revitalization & Business (ERB). It was instead tabled, in what appears to have been a response to overwhelming opposition to the bill from many quarters.
One of those opposing the bill was the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association, which earlier this week sent a letter to the committee’s chairman. The bill was overbroad, raised a “myriad privacy concerns,” and would be hugely expensive to comply with, wrote the ISP association’s Executive Director Kate Dean. […]
In similar testimony, Steve DelBianco, executive director of the NetChoice Coalition, a group of privacy and consumer groups, said the bill raised serious privacy concerns.
“This bill would enable government to find out where a Hawaiian is located every time they check their email, go online with a smartphone, or pay to access the Internet in a hotel room or airport,” DelBianco wrote. “Forcing companies to store this for government use opposes the goals of the 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution,” which protect against unreasonable searches, DelBianco wrote.
Others who wrote in to oppose the measure included the Center for Democracy and Technology, Hawaiian Telecom, T-Mobile and the Hawaii State Privacy and Security Coalition.