We see a lot of bad proposed Internet laws, but even for us it’s rare to see a bill that hits the trifecta of being bad for businesses, bad for state taxpayers and bad for the very people it’s theoretically intended to protect.
It’s hard to cram that much bad into one bill but an Indiana senator found a way.
We were back in Indianapolis earlier this week opposing SB 344, an e-mail registry designed to stop advertisements to children, but actually places them in greater danger while costing in-state businesses up to $72,000 a year.
You may remember this from our February 2012 iAWFUL list. If passed, this bill would establish stiff fines for companies that e-mail to registered minors ads for products that minors aren’t legally allowed to purchase.
As with so many bad Internet laws, it sounds ok…until you take even a moment to think about its implications. Read more