By the end of February, Congress will be passing new laws to expand the government’s power to compel us to sign on to new kinds of “information services.”
And the government has been working on a draft of the legislation for more than a year.
But as with the NSA spying revelations, this time it seems to be going a little too far.
The new law, which was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and will go before the full House in late February, is not as comprehensive as the ones that have been passed in the past.
The government’s proposals to compel information collection from us will likely amount to little more than the kind of demands we have already received from companies and others like Verizon and Facebook, which already offer services that require us to give up a lot of personal information.
In addition, the government will likely make the most of its new power to require that companies hand over our credit card and other information to it in order to comply with the law.
The House Judiciary panel passed the draft bill, as did the Senate Judiciary Committee.
What this bill really does is to authorize the government to compel a company to collect more information about you than it already does, and it will do so for a range of services, including online shopping, the purchase of goods and services, and more.
In some cases, the new law will compel companies to create a new website to help consumers obtain a product or service.
The law also would allow the government, through a “notice and demand” process, to demand that companies comply with “substantially similar” privacy protections that they already have in place.
And in some cases the new bill would make it easier for companies to turn over customers’ credit card data to the government.
In the short term, the law will provide some new options for law enforcement to collect customer information.
But the government is also moving forward with new laws that will require the government (and private companies) to store all information in its databases, including emails, social media posts, and the like.
The proposed law, as passed by the Judiciary Committee, includes a number of other provisions that will likely do nothing to address the NSA’s activities.
But they do give the government a lot more power to collect our private data in a way that is much more intrusive than what it already has.
The bill also allows the government — and the government alone — to collect all sorts of other personal information, including our health records, our banking records, the names and addresses of our family members, and even our children’s names.
And it also requires the government not to disclose any of that information to anyone except for the judge, and requires the company to provide the government with “information relating to any person or entity that may be identified as the subject of the information sought.”
In short, the bill gives the government the power to demand and get information from companies like Google, Facebook, and others that we already know are collecting that information for the government under the Patriot Act, but it also allows it to collect that information even when it isn’t asking for it.
The Senate version of the bill, which is expected to be considered by the full Senate soon, will also allow the feds to compel companies not only to hand over customer information, but also to hand it over to the Justice Department.
It would also require the companies to comply by giving the government all of the user information they already hold about customers.
All of that sounds very good, but this bill does nothing to reform the way the government collects and uses information that it has collected from Americans.
It doesn’t stop the government from accessing information from our communications or our shopping history, and neither does it require companies to make users’ information available to the federal government.
What it does do, however, is give the federal surveillance authorities unprecedented powers to compel providers to hand users’ personal information over to them.
What happens when a government demands information from you?
If the government requests your phone number, it can get it without your knowledge.
If it wants your credit card number, you can tell the provider it’s up to you to keep it confidential, and you can even opt out of the tracking if you don’t want it to happen.
The feds also can force you to provide more information to them by providing your credit report.
If you don�t want your credit score, it could require you to sign a form that requires you to give it up, and in some instances it could also require you, as a condition of getting your credit history, to provide additional information.
What about the rest of us?
The bill gives these new powers to the feds, and makes them even more expansive.
The federal government can now demand that a company provide it with information about a specific person.
It can also demand that it store information about someone for at least a year, even if that person has no connection to the person that is being requested.