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CDT Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Strong Section 230 Protections


Today, CDT joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other public interest groups in an amicus brief in support of clear protections for internet intermediaries and free expression online.  The case, Google, Inc. v. James M. Hood, III, stems from a 79-page subpoena the Mississippi Attorney General served on Google after the company refused to comply with his demands to block, filter, and alter the way it displays search results and other content.  The amicus brief makes the point that Section 230 of Communications Act protects internet intermediaries from litigation threats and burdensome discovery requests backed only by general accusations of wrongdoing based on third-party content or conduct.  This protection is particularly important to smaller websites and the users who depend on them to access information and engage in free expression online.

CDT previously joined other groups in sending a letter to the Mississippi Attorney General on the same issue, and filed an amicus brief in the district court.

The amicus brief is available here.