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Utah to protect children from IT pornography

by Nikola Strahija on March 22nd, 2005 Although Utah’s ISPs and free speech activists protested, the governor of that state has signed a bill designed to protect children from Internet pornography.

ISPs will have to block access to websites deemed "harmful to minors" on request from now on, and the blacklist will be drawn up by the state's Attorney General. Furthermore, Internet content providers that create or host data in Utah must properly rate the data or risk possible criminal charges.

Local ISPs say the law is unnecessary, because, in their opinion, the market has already provided a solution to this problem.

Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union go further and warn the bill violates the US Constitution's First Amendment on free speech and the Commerce Clause. Six other states have had similar legislation ruled unconstitutional, resulting in huge legal bills for residents, Media Coalition director David Horowitz told the Salt Lake City Tribune.

The bill was drafted in an attempt to skirt constitutional concerns. Time will tell if the measures withstand legal scrutiny.

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