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John Cornyn Needs Some Correction

By  |  February 20, 2009, 10:20pm  |  @ewerickson

This is crazy.

Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.

The legislation, which echoes a measure proposed by one of their Democratic colleagues three years ago, would impose unprecedented data retention requirements on a broad swath of Internet access providers and is certain to draw fire from businesses and privacy advocates.

It is a gross violation of privacy — one the GOP should steer clear of. They are, after all, supposed to be the freedom party.