March 22, 2007
Filed under Health Privacy
A federal court in Pennsylvania today struck down a controversial law that would have required Web site operators to restrict access to large amounts of constitutionally protected content. Ostensibly aimed at protecting kids from "harmful" material, the law would have led to severe restrictions on a wide range of legal, socially valuable speech, including content relating to sexual identity, health and art. Judge Lowell A. Reed found that parental empowerment tools like Internet filters represent a far more efficient, less restrictive way of protecting kids from unwanted content. CDT, which has filed friend-of-the-court briefs opposing COPA and supporting parental empowerment technology, applauds the ruling.