DOPA, Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006, (HR 5319) has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
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H.R. 5319, recently introduced by Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) has been referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
This bill should die a quick and painless death, as it is certainly an unconstitutional government prohibition of protected speech.
Although we share a concern for children, the bill would prohibit a wide swath of innocent speech, far beyond legally proscribable speech. When the original Children's Internet Protection Act was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, it was clear that the bill's aim was to proscribe obscenity, child pornography and material harmful to minors. This amendment would proscribe a wide range of social networking websites. Although such websites can be used by those with malevolent intent, they are also used by those who wish to share innocent common interests of all types.
The portion that directs the FTC to issue a consumer alert and website regarding the potential dangers to children of Internet child predators, including the potential danger of commercial social networking websites and chat rooms through which personal information about child users of such websites may be accessed by child predators is welcome, although legislation is probably not necessary to encourage such positive educational efforts.