Lamar Smith, the creator of the two notorious SOPA and PIPA bills, just seems to want to censor everything. After SOPA and PIPA were suspended indefinitely after such overwhelmingly loud opposition from various websites and lawmakers, Lamar is trying to create ANOTHER bill which is almost as bad as the two previous ones combined.
This bill (which uses Child Pornography as it's cover) would effectively track every time you look at your bank statement or use a credit card online, and force IP service providers to record your credit card and billing statement info, along with your recent internet search histories, and store them in a "secure" place for 18 months. Anything which looked "suspicious" would immediately be flagged to allow the government to step in.
Since billing statements and online transactions are so common these days, this bill would, In effect, be monitoring everything everyone did 24/7. I don't know about you, but I can't go 18 months without using my credit card to purchase something online or view my bank statement. Also, given that hackers are so good at their jobs, is it really wise to have millions of people's credit card, internet search history, and billing info all stored in one place like that?
Stopping child pornography is a worthy cause. Stopping internet piracy is also a worthy cause. But the ways in which Lamar Smith keeps going about trying to implement these bills is extremely detrimental to the millions of good and honest people's privacy.
Protesting this bill will be just as important as protesting SOPA and PIPA. But I think what we should also be trying to do is get Lamar Smith out of the position of power he currently has to prevent him from continuing to create more bills like this. It's pretty clear that this guy doesn't understand how the internet works and while trying to create laws to punish bad people he is unaware that he's also punishing good people. Some individuals who have a strong moral high ground are incapable of seeing how their actions could be construed negatively, and I think Lamar Smith is one of these people. We need to get him out of office (just like we needed to get Jack Thompson disbarred) for the greater good of the internet.