Hawaii Lawmaker Acknowledges Defeat On Bill To Monitor All Web Users

Steve Watson
February 1, 2012

A Hawaii politician who proposed legislation requiring Internet providers to keep records of every website their customers visit has finally acknowledged that the bill is dead in the water.

State Representative John Mizuno says he has conceded to an “incredible” national backlash against H.B. 2288 (PDF) a bill that would have required the creation of virtual dossiers on state residents.

The legislation called for “Internet destination history information” and “subscriber’s information” such as name and address to be saved by providers for two years. The records would have also included a list of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names visited.

“It’s generated a lot of national attention,” Mizuno, a Democrat from Oahu, told CNET’s Declan McCullagh, who first exposed the proposed bill.

“I’ve taken into consideration the thousands of e-mails (which were often) colorful and passionate, which is absolutely fine… This bill just isn’t ready. It needs a lot of work.” Mizuno added

Although Mizuno said that he had now recommended “that we kill this bill,” he plans to return to it in 2013.

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