Sunday, December 10, 2006

YOU will be responsible for reporting Illegal images

Millions of commercial Web sites and personal blogs would be required to report illegal images or videos posted by their users or pay fines of up to $300,000, if a new proposal in the U.S. Senate came into law.

The legislation, drafted by Sen. John McCain and obtained by CNET, would also require Web sites that offer user profiles to delete pages posted by sex offenders. It doesn't end there though... You also will be required to retain a proof copy of the offenders post(s) for up to six months. Webmasters would be immune from civil and criminal liability if they followed the specified procedures exactly. But screw up, and you are fined $300,000.  I take it as meaning if they find evidence on a offenders computer that leads to you knowing what the offender was doing, then you will pay for ignoring them.  It basically turns all individuals into the police. 

The efforts of the Senate are I suppose admirable for stopping online predators, but what do they plan to do to the person that is ignorant in how to save the evidence?  Gosh now even the law will know how many online are just clueless on how to run their computers. 

Read more here: From Cnet: Senator: Illegal images must be reported

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