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Hawaii tables sweeping Internet tracking bill

By TREENA SHAPIRO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

HONOLULU (AP) - State lawmakers have tabled a proposal that would have required Internet service providers to retain all Hawaii consumers' subscriber data and browsing histories for a minimum of 2 years.

Introduced a way to combat Internet-related crime, House Bill 2288 received support from Honolulu's police and prosecutor departments and one individual, but was otherwise greeted with vehement opposition at a hearing Thursday.

Opponents of the legislation expressed concerns about privacy and the costs associated with storing such large volumes of data.

Others told House members the sweeping Hawaii proposal made the widely-protested "Stop Online Piracy Act" and "Protect Intellectual Property/IP Act" before look mild by comparison.

The House Economic Revitalization and Business Committee decided to hold off on state action to see what happens with online piracy legislation in Congress.

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