Overstepping Privacy Norms?

Here’s one recent White House development that’s likely to spark controversy: A number of Republican politicians want to approve a new federal law that would force both Internet providers as well as Wi-Fi access locations to keep Internet users’ information on file for a period of two years, according to a CNN report.

What’s the reasoning behind this decision? It seems the information could come in handy during police investigations, especially in heavily computer-related cases such as child pornography.

So far, two bills have been introduced, each titled the Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today’s Youth (SAFETY) Act.

What do you think about the bill? Does it overstep privacy norms by negating one’s ability to remain anonymous while surfing the Web? Or would its benefits offset privacy rights?

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