H.R. 1389 (112th): Global Online Freedom Act of 2011

Introduced:
Apr 06, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Christopher “Chris” Smith
Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Apr 06, 2011
Length
35 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 2271 (111th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 06, 2009

H.R. 491 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 04, 2013

 
Status

This bill was introduced on April 6, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Apr 06, 2011
Referred to Committee Apr 06, 2011
 
Full Title

To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance, to fulfill the responsibility of the United States Government to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to restore public confidence in the integrity of United States businesses, and for other purposes.

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Cosponsors
3 cosponsors (2R, 1D) (show)
Committees

House Energy and Commerce

Communications and Technology

House Foreign Affairs

Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

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4/6/2011--Introduced.
Global Online Freedom Act of 2011 - Makes it U.S. policy to: (1) promote the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media; (2) use all appropriate instruments of U.S. influence to support the free flow of information without interference or discrimination; and (3) deter U.S. businesses from cooperating with Internet-restricting countries in effecting online censorship.
Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the President should seek international agreements to protect Internet freedom; and (2) some U.S. businesses, in assisting foreign governments to restrict online access to U.S.-supported websites and government reports and to identify individual Internet users, are working contrary to U.S. foreign policy interests.
Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require assessments of electronic information freedom in each foreign country.
Establishes in the Department of State the Office of Global Internet Freedom (OGIF).
Directs the Secretary of State to annually designate Internet-restricting countries. Prohibits, subject to waiver, U.S. businesses that provide to the public a commercial Internet search engine, communications services, or hosting services from locating, in such countries, any personally identifiable information used to establish or maintain an Internet services account.
Requires U.S. businesses that collect or obtain personally identifiable information through the Internet to notify the OGIF and the Attorney General (DOJ) before responding to a disclosure request from an Internet-restricting country. Authorizes the Attorney General to prohibit a business from complying with the request, except for legitimate foreign law enforcement purposes.
Requires U.S. businesses to report to the OGIF certain Internet censorship information involving Internet-restricting countries.
Prohibits U.S. businesses that maintain Internet content hosting services from jamming U.S.-supported websites or U.S.-supported content in Internet-restricting countries.
Authorizes the President to waive provisions of this Act: (1) to further the purposes of this Act, (2) if a country ceases restrictive activity, or (3) if it is in the national interest of the United States.

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