Hawaii! You’re supposed to be the state that the rest of America dreams of moving to so we can escape the noise and interwaves of computers and internet. You’re not supposed to be the state that pushes a ridiculous invasion of privacy bill that requires every internet provider to keep track of every single website every person ever visits. What happened to paradise?
According to CNET, Hawaii representatives are scheduled for a hearing of the measure, H.B. 2288, which says that “internet destination history information” and “subscriber’s information”, such as name and address, must be saved for two years. That means, Hawaii will have internet providers create a file about you and list every website you visited in the past two years and attach those websites to your name.
What’s worse is that the current proposal is extremely broad and has no specifications whatsoever for privacy. There are no restrictions what internet providers can do (like sell it to advertisers), no instructions stating that police need a court order to look at the files and no stipulation that the data must be encrypted. It’s just insane how much information this bill will invasively squeeze out of Hawaii citizens without offering any semblance of protection for them. This is crazy. Hawaii, save yourself! Don’t let them do this to you.
Democratic representative John Mizuno of Oahu is the lead man in charge of the bill, and I hope he realises what he’s doing here. It’s an unprecedented bill that completely stinks for everyone involved. Unless it’s a marketing ploy to keep people away from Hawaii, this bill is easily the worst thing to ever come out of Hawaii. [CNET]