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
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(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.

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Nov 29, 2012 5:14 PM CST
The GOP is hoping to capture control of both houses of Congress in 2014 so that they and their corporate donors will control the law. Isn't that the reason for a two year moratorium? Let's hope that if passed, it will be an exercise in futility and the Democrats will control Congress and the presidency until the 22nd century.
Nov 29, 2012 2:11 PM CST
At first glance it seems great with the recent introduction of internet-restrictive bills like SOPA/CISPA(?) but it this would indirectly transfer power of internet regulation to the government. Are executive orders included in this 'two-year moratorium' ?
Nov 29, 2012 7:53 AM CST
I don't understand why Darrell Issa gets re-elected. The guy's about as shady a character as you can get. I agree with the idea of leaving the Internet alone but I suspect he has some ulterior motive.