Your thoughts on the new Securing Adolescents From Online-Exploitation Act (SAFE Act of 2007)
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I have digressed from my usual post format to hear your thoughts and opinions on the new bill that the US House of Representatives has approved.
The “Securing Adolescents From Online-Exploitation Act (SAFE Act of 2007)” requires more stringent penalties (up to $300,000 in fines) for failure to report suspected violations involving child pornography. I will not form a solid opinion on this bill until I gather more information.
That is why I want your thoughts and opinions on this bill. I will not sway your opinion with too much commentary on my part. However, I will encourage you to take a close look at the bill. Contrary to the Internet buzz, there is nothing in the bill that specifically targets public Wi-fi Internet access providers. Also there is nothing mentioned in the bill that requires Internet providers to “snoop” on their customers. In fact, the bill has a section that addresses this question.
From the bill:
“Nothing in this section shall be construed to require an electronic communication service provider or a remote computing service provider to—
“monitor any user, subscriber, or customer of that provider;
“monitor the content of any communication of any person described in paragraph (1); or
“affirmatively seek facts or circumstances described in subsection (a)(2).
Please take some time to answer the poll below. If you have any additional thoughts please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post.
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