US ‘Internet freedom’ bill targeting China cooperation faces rough road

A proposed federal law that would slap extensive regulations on technology companies doing business in China and other nations deemed to be unreasonably “Internet-restricting” is facing an uncertain future due to opposition from the Bush administration and telecommunications providers.The House of Representatives bill says that search engines, Web e-mail services, and other Internet businesses may not place servers with user account information in those nations. Any “aggrieved” person anywhere in the world would have the right to sue U.S. companies in federal court.

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