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Marx opposes government censorship of Internet


Bob Marx, Democratic candidate for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional district, announced his opposition to HB 2288, a Hawaii bill that would force Hawaii’s internet service providers (ISP) like Verizon, AT&T, and local internet providers like Hawaiian Telcom, Mobi PCS, and Oceanic Time Warner Cable, to track and record every website that a subscriber visits, as well as storing the information for at least two years.

The bill would require ISP’s to store the subscriber’s personal information as well as the internet content they visited without any form of protection or encryption.

“This bill is alarming, to say the least,” Marx said, “with the recent controversy over the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the news, I am concerned that these two bills, along with HB 2288, will have a huge impact on American’s freedom of speech as well as their first and fourth amendment rights under the Constitution.”

Marx said, “I am opposed to any type of internet censorship, and I believe the majority of the public can agree that censoring our access to the internet, restricting website content, and tracking and storing subscriber information, all violate our rights to privacy and free speech.”

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