A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least two years all records or other information pertaining to the identity of a user of a temporarily assigned network address the service assigns to that user.
As Declan McCullagh at CNet News explains, that covers all the big companies as well as "operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users." Yes, DeLon, that means you, along with the 113 other wireless access points I discovered last week on a six-block walk up Harth Avenue. Even if you lock your router down with a password, the feds would still expect you to be able to turn over two years' worth of user access logs to the cops. Better break out the tech manuals, everybody!
It is worth noting that this bill will likely be bipartisan Big-Brotherhood. Texas Republicans Senator John Cornyn and Representative Lamar Smith are pushing the legislation, but Democrats proposed similar legislation in Congress three years ago. McCullagh also finds Attorney General Eric Holder expressed support for similar legislation in 1999, and Democratic chairman of House Judiciary John Conyers welcomes it.
Just curious: is this law anything like requiring DeLon to keep records of every person who walks into his Dairy Queen? Or requiring me to keep records of every person who visits my house?