House Committee Approves Data Retention Bill

Law360, New York (July 28, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT) -- The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send the full U.S. House of Representatives a bill that directs Internet providers to retain user data, after it amended the controversial legislation to clarify that only the government would be allowed to access data under the law.

The committee voted 19-10 in favor of H.R. 1981, the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011.

Reps. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., introduced the bill in May. Privacy advocates and critics on both sides of the...
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