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House members want Internet Service Providers to keep track of your online activity

The bill is called Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. Because who would want to vote against that? The bill passed in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday by a vote of 19 to 10. From CNET:

"A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses, some committee members suggested."

Supporters of this bill say it will be a big help to law enforcement. Those who oppose it say it's all about snooping on Americans. Again, from CNET:

"The bill is mislabeled," said Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the panel. "This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It's creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes."

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