October 21, 1998
Despite the best efforts of civil liberties groups and hundreds of calls from Internet users, Congress has again passed legislation restricting speech on the Internet. The Oxley "CDA-II" bill, which criminalizes the act of making commercial communictions that include "harmful to minors" materials available to those under the age of 18, was attached to the massive federal budget bill passed by the House yesterday and the Senate today. The massive appropriations bill also contains ground-breaking legislation protecting kids privacy online, forward-looking electronic signatures language, Internet tax relief, and more. See CDT's Policy Post for a complete round-up.