Dave B wrote:New definition of "weblog" as well it seems. Always thought the list of sites accessed over time was called the user's "history".
Another case of the government employing people not fully in touch with the world the rest of us inhabit?
There will be differences on what you see as your browser history and what your ISP sees, possibly due to things such as re-directs: I would expect their 'weblog' to be a lot more than just the (simplified) list of pages you see in your browser's history.
Although different, here are just four lines taken from the raw access logs of TH:
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184.108.40.206 - - [02/Nov/2015:06:50:57 -0500] "GET /wp-login.php HTTP/1.0" 404 1603 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/5.0)"
220.127.116.11 - - [02/Nov/2015:06:50:59 -0500] "GET /phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=655 HTTP/1.1" 200 73591 "http://www.thinkhumanism.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=655" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/45.0.2454.99 Safari/537.36"
18.104.22.168 - - [02/Nov/2015:06:51:01 -0500] "GET /phpBB3/ucp.php?mode=register&sid=49317692524338aa4fe816eed44d44a7 HTTP/1.1" 200 11111 "http://www.thinkhumanism.com/ucp.php?mode=register&sid=49317692524338aa4fe816eed44d44a7" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/45.0.2454.99 Safari/537.36"
22.214.171.124 - - [02/Nov/2015:06:51:07 -0500] "POST /phpBB3/ucp.php?mode=register HTTP/1.1" 200 60682 "http://www.thinkhumanism.com/phpBB3/ucp.php?mode=register&sid=49317692524338aa4fe816eed44d44a7" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/45.0.2454.99 Safari/537.36"
I imagine an ISP's logs will contain much much more. However, it looks like the Bill will only require the log to contain urls up to the first / so ISPs may have to create a new database or query to provide this (as well as having to store cast amounts of data for 12 months).
Note that this only contains the IP address of the machine/router that accessed a page, not the name of the person or anything that identifies him/her. Unless and until we have to provide individual access to the Internet, who actually pressed keys on a keyboard will never be known. For example, for Athena and I, there is no way for an ISP (or the police, etc) to know which one of us accessed any particular website recorded in the log.
We need to see what the text of the (as yet unpublished) Bill actually says, but I can't wait to see how they propose to get around the issues I outlined earlier.