The Use Of Internet Filters: The Children's Internet Protection Act

The use of Internet filters are applications that block users' access to certain web sites are popular with some politicians and employers. There are definitely legal issues that are associated with their use. These filters have been challenged in the context of the workplace and the legislation that Congress has passed. While the Internet has been a forum of free expression and the marketplace of ideas, the use of filters would prevent that potential.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What has been the precedent with filtering legislation?
Are these websites being filtered correctly?
What filters are being used to protect children’s exposure to indecent material?
What about the issues of monitoring employees’ electronic mail and Internet usage?


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