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Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir and Free Bradley Manning activist Mike Gogulski discuss data retention and the dangers digital information gathering presents to democracies.
On April 1, 2012, a statute became law in Austria requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to retain all internet communications of their clients for 12 months (or, blanket electronic data retention, vorratsdatenspeicherung). A similar plan in the United States sits in the House of Representatives. It was introduced by the person who sponsored SOPA: Representative Lamar Smith of Texas.