How will the Internet Safety Act affect wi-fi?

von VPNHaus | 18.03.2009 |Posts

CNET recently covered the broad sweep of the Internet Safety Act - exactly how open are these guidelines to interpretation?

We've heard questions of whether the record keeping requirements will apply to every wi-fi network (think: coffee shops, office buildings, public places, even home networks). Some interpretations suggest that the Internet Safety Act would require keeping 2 years of records data on anyone who accesses a given network - anyone providing "an electronic communication service or remote computing service." This might be not just public hotspots, but password-protected ones, individuals, small businesses, large corporations, libraries, schools, universities, government agencies ...

This seems to pose some major privacy and technical challenges. We'd be interested to know if anyone has any insights on this... how will lawmakers address these challenges, and is this bill realistic to begin with?

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