Saturday, February 01, 2020

"EARN IT" Act seems to target some encryption through Section 230 changes; DOJ plans forum on 230 issues Feb. 19

Adi Robertson writes in The Verge about a proposed bill called the “EARN IT Act” (Eliminating Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) supported by S. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) which would set up a commission requiring platforms to remove certain content exploitative of children, with loss of Section 230 protection.  There are reports that it intended to target end-to-end encryption and could lead to the sale of WhatsApp.  Bloomberg has a story by Ben Brody and Naomi Nix and links to a draft of the bill.   The name suggests good karma. 

Also, the Department of Justice plans a public forum on Wednesday, Feb. 19 to discuss Section 230. 

Update: February 6

EFF has an article now, including urging action, on the EARN Act. 

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