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Press Release: EARN IT Act Remains a Threat to Privacy & Free Expression Online

CDT Joins LGBTQ+ and Other Human Rights Groups Urging Congress to reject dangerous and flawed bill

(WASHINGTON)–The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and a coalition of 132 civil society organizations are urging Senators to oppose the EARN IT Act of 2023 (S.1207) because the bill threatens free expression, the ability of internet users to access encrypted services, and child abuse prosecutions.

The coalition, which in addition to CDT, includes the ACLU, Amnesty International USA, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, and others, argues that, while child exploitation is repugnant and must be addressed, the EARN IT Act would actually undermine the online safety of both children and adults.