H.3003 – Requiring All Internet Devices to Have Content-Blocking Capacity

H.3003 would prevent computers from being sold or distributed in South Carolina without an active filter for obscene content. The filter could be deactivated by the consumer after payment of a $20 fee, provided the consumer is not a minor. The fees would go to the Human Trafficking Task Force and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task force.

This bill is the first step down the slippery slope of limiting the free access to information. Further, it betrays a fundamental lack of understanding of how internet technology works. If enacted, it would accomplish nothing except set a dangerous precedent and collect a fee for exercising freedom of choice.

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