The U.S. Department of Justice is proposing a bill that would require software makers to block access to websites and apps that are used to track users, according to a notice posted on its website.
The proposed law would require Internet service providers to block such websites and allow users to block the websites and applications that track their activities.
Lawmakers in Congress are considering a bill to mandate that companies comply with the government’s new orders, which would require them to remove trackers and to install encryption tools that could be used to protect users’ privacy and security.
Internet companies are expected to oppose the bill.
The proposed legislation would prohibit the collection and storage of personal information, such as names, locations, and email addresses, about Internet users, including their browsing history and the types of sites and applications they visit, according a notice from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on its webpage.
It also would require companies to report the existence of any such tracking and would require data providers to “immediately” notify the U.K. Government if they received a complaint about the collection or storage of such information.
Currently, the U,S.
and other governments are imposing broad data retention orders in some European countries, including in Germany, Belgium and France, that require Internet companies to turn over the names, IP addresses, and other information collected by the companies to the government for three months.
Critics have called such orders an attempt to track people.
In its notice, the DHS said that a large number of countries are currently enforcing their own data retention rules and have failed to address the privacy concerns.
“As a result, there are no measures in place to ensure that countries comply with this important privacy measure,” the DHS wrote.