Buckle-Up For Safety: Internet Laws

There are currently many bills making their way through the layers of Congress. These bills would limit the freedom of inappropriate Web vendors in order to protect children from exploitation and those "adults olny" areas. Resolution 771, introduced to Congress by a Republican senator, requires vendors to place the word "advertisement" in the heading of every piece of "junk mail" they send. This bill would also prevent vendors from disguising their adresses in others ways.

A bill introduced by a Democratic senator would "Prohibit senders from directing messages to anyone who aksed not to recieve any more mail from that source. . . " (Porno Spammers and Our Kids/ Safekids.com)

In 1997, the Neitzen Protection Act was passed. It updates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 by banning "unsolicited advertisements." (Porno Spammers and Our Kids/Safekids.com)

In 1996, the Communications Decency Act attempted to regulate pornography and adult information on the internet, trying to protect child surfers. However, in 1997 it was labeled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court because it was said to violate the First Ammendment.

Another project started in 1996 involved the Center for Media Education in Washington, D.C.. They created additional guidlines for the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) in order to help protect children on the Internet. These guidlines would make new rules for vendors or other Web site marketers:

  1. Motives must be disclosed completely
  2. They must get parental consent prior to obtaining personally identifying information
  3. They must have an option available so parents can change any information about their children
  4. They must provide a way to allow parents to prevent further dispersement of their child's personal information

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