1984 is now
Do you remember every Web site you visited, every e-mail you sent and every word you Googled during the last two years? Probably not, but your Internet service provider might -- especially if a popular proposal in
Moreover, some suggest also tracking the identities of email correspondents and recipients of instant messages. DeGette once even suggested making this information available not only to the police but also to civil litigants....
In addition to economic harm, governmentally mandated data retention poses serious threats to individual privacy rights. People value their privacy; few intend to save a record of all e-mails written or all Web sites visited. The mandated storage of e-mail addresses, URLs or IP addresses could easily be abused to analyze Internet users' personalities, preferences and habits -- creating a potential jackpot for hackers and spammers.
Even worse, such a data repository would be a treasure trove for identity thieves. A series of recent scandals involving lost or involuntarily published confidential data has shown how serious this problem is....
The Register has more details on this proposed legislation and multiple links to other stories and safeguard breaches here.
But these types of proposals are not just here in the U.S.. Spiegel Online reports on Europe’s Plan to Track Phone and Net Use.