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    Fight Back: Congress Pushing Broad Internet Snooping Bill

    "A direct assault on Internet users" is what the ACLU is calling it.  A U.S. House committee has already approved HR 1981, a broad Internet snooping bill which was introduced last year. 

    They want to force Internet service providers to keep track of and retain their customers' information -- including your name, address, phone number, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses.

    And get this: It's authored by lead SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith.

    The ACLU, EFF, Demand Progress, and 25 other civil liberties and privacy groups have expressed our opposition to this legislation.  Will you join us, by emailing your lawmakers today?  Just use the form at right.

    ISPs would collect and retain your data whether or not you're accused of a crime.  Supporters shamelessly dubbed it the "Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act," but our staunchest allies in Congress are calling it what it is: an all-encompassing Internet snooping bill. 

    Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, who led Democratic opposition to the bill said, "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."

    Just fill out the form at right and we'll automatically email your lawmakers.

    Here's CNET's recent article on our efforts.

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