House panel approves bill to make ISPs keep Web logs

Summary:A House committee approved a bill that would force Internet providers to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year - for the police to review.

Internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year--in case police want to review them in the future--under legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today.

A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses, some committee members suggested. By a 7-16 vote, the panel rejected an amendment that would have clarified that only IP addresses must be stored.

It represents "a data bank of every digital act by every American" that would "let us find out where every single American visited Web sites," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, who led Democratic opposition to the bill.

For more on this story, read House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill on CNET News.

Topics: Banking, Browser, Telcos

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