Dec 7 2007

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.

What do you think of the new SAFE Act of 2007 Bill?

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1 Comments on this post


  1. woody said:

    I do not need government to tell me what to do or how to do it.
    I don’t need Congress or the center for missing children to instruct me in right and wrong.
    This is insulting and an excellent example of the misplaced priorities of our current government.

    December 7th, 2007 at 3:47 pm


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