SB 336
Requires internet service providers to authenticate access to obscene websites and provide subscribers the ability to create an authentication to access such websites
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LR Number:
1391S.02I
Last Action:
3/3/2021 - Voted Do Pass S Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2021

Current Bill Summary

SB 336 - This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Protect Young Minds Online Act".

Under this act, an internet service provider shall authenticate access to obscene websites and redirect an obscene website to a web page that provides the subscriber, as such term is defined in the act, the ability to enter an authentication in order to gain access to the obscene website. A mechanism to create an authentication shall be provided to subscribers that are 18 years of age or older. The authentication shall be required at each attempt to access an obscene website and shall be changed every 3 months.

An internet service provider shall provide information to the provider's subscribers that includes a brief description of the provisions of this act requiring an authentication to access obscene content, the procedure for creating, recovering, and updating the authentication method requiring multi-factor authentication for the account holder, and the penalty for individuals who share the authentication with minors which results in the exposure of minors to pornographic material.

An internet service provider shall use a DNS-based system as the method of redirecting obscene websites as set forth in the act.

An internet service provider is not liable for any penalty under the act if the provider makes a good faith effort to apply a generally accepted and commercially reasonable method of authenticating obscene websites and such technology has the ability to discover and authenticate new obscene websites and fulfills the requirements of the act.

A subscriber that knowingly provides a minor with his or her authentication to access a obscene website shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

The Attorney General may seek injunctive and other equitable relief against an internet service provider that fails to comply with the provisions of this act.

This act is similar to SB 733 (2020), SB 1076 (2020), HB 2102 (2020), and SCS/SB 382 (2019).

JAMIE ANDREWS

Amendments

No Amendments Found.