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Senator wants ISPs to snoop

For the good of the children
Fri Feb 09 2007, 07:38
US SENATOR John McCain is drafting a law that will force ISPs to snoop on what punters do on the Interweb and report illegal images to the cops.

His big idea is to have a national database of illegal images that Internet service providers would use to automatically flag and report. If ISPs don't do this they could be fined $300,000.

According to CNet, the bill is aimed at making it easier to investigate of kiddie pornographers. He will announce details of the bill at a press conference with Senator Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat; John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted; and Lauren Nelson, who holds the title of Miss America 2007.

The Securing Adolescents from Exploitation-Online Act states ISPs that obtain "actual knowledge" of illegal images must make an exhaustive report including the date, time, offending content, any personal information about the user, and his Internet Protocol address.

This means that not only will ISPs have to snoop on all Internet traffic without a search warrant. Images included will be those of minors, which includes clothed teens in "lascivious" poses, according to the Justice Department. Obscene "cartoons" and "drawings" also qualify.

The way the law is drafted it could also include instant messaging providers and Web-based e-mail systems like Microsoft's Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.

Anyone who uses the Internet to break the law in a sex case will get ten years added onto to their sentence.

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