New Bill in Hawaii Would Require ISPs to Keep Browsing History for Two Years

Written by John Ponio    Friday, 27 January 2012 16:49

Hawaii State SealA new bill in the Hawaiian House of Representatives, presented by Democratic Rep. John Mizuno of Oahu, would require any company that provides internet access to keep records of IP addresses, Domain names, and Host names (so basically browsing history) that every IP address accessed "for no less than two years." H.B. 2288 reads, "Any internet service provider that provides internet service to a consumer in the State shall retain consumer records for no less than two years." It goes on to explain the exact records, which I've already listed, that the companies will be required to keep if the bill passes. Kate Dean, who is the head of the U.S. Internet Service Provider Association in Washington, D.C., said, "H.B. 2288 raises all of the traditional concerns associated with data retention, and then some. And this may be the broadest mandate we've seen." ISPs would include both local providers as well as wireless providers such as Verizon and AT&T. You can read the bill here (don't worry, it isn't very long). Be sure to contact your state representative, if you happen to live in Hawaii, and encourage them to vote how you would like them to on this issue.