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Proposed Bill Could Undermine Encryption Technologies, Limit Protections, And Jeopardize Your Privacy

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Proposed Bill Could Undermine Encryption Technologies, Limit Protections, And Jeopardize Your Privacy

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 legislation provides immunity from liability for service providers and owners of interactive computer services that publish information provided by others. In plain English, Section 230 essentially protects internet properties from being punished for much of the content posted by its users, provided the property is not knowingly breaking the law. Section 230’s protections were pivotal for the creation of the modern internet and effectively every social media platform – without it, Facebook, Twitter, or any site with a comment section could be held liable for things posted by its users.

A new bill proposed by Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal could curtail protections provided by Section 230 unless publishers / companies comply to certain “best practices”, which will be defined by a commission led by Attorney General William Barr. […]

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