Issa Wants 2-Year Ban on All Internet Laws

Also, 'Do Not Track' initiative hits roadblocks

By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 28, 2012 11:58 AM CST

(Newser) – Rep. Darrell Issa is proposing a bill that would "create a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules, or regulations governing the Internet," reports CNN. It's been met with some controversy from fellow politicians and the public alike. The bill could block regulations that protect consumer privacy, says one lawmaker, and may stymie President Obama's efforts to bolster cybersecurity, reports The Hill. Issa is hosting a Q&A on Reddit today to discuss his bill, and plans to adjust it after receiving feedback.

A separate battle is happening in Washington over the 'Do Not Track' initiative, which aims to give Internet users the ability to stop the collection of personal information for advertising purposes. It's a tough topic, since online ads are what pay for many free services, reports the Washington Post. The initiatives looked set to move forward after a successful White House event in February, but since then talks have grown bitter, in part due to opposition from advertising groups. The co-chair of the committee working on the initiative announced she'd be stepping down today, which could help revive talks.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Darrell Issa want to ban all laws on the Internet for two years.
Darrell Issa want to ban all laws on the Internet for two years.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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