The September 2011 iAWFUL

  1. Durbin-Conyers Main Street Fairness Act – A national mandate to collect sales tax for remote states would impose big burdens on small businesses.
  2. Puerto Rico Social Network Restrictions - Requires the “express consent” of a parent before a 17-year old can share their interests and activities with friends on a social network.
  3. Federal Data Retention Mandate – Forces ISPs to retain evidence of internet use by its paying customers, for later use by government investigators.
  4. State Affiliate Nexus Laws – An unconstitutional expansion of sales tax burdens to out-of-state businesses resulting in a loss of ad revenue supporting small online publishers.
  5. Federal Do-Not-Track Online – A Do-Not-Track law would reduce effectiveness of online advertising, causing more ads and less free content and services.
  1. Indiana eMail Registry for  Minors – Applies to unintended items such as supermarket flyers and ads for cars, and would cost marketers up to $72,000/year to comply.
  2. Missouri Teacher-Student Social Networking Law – Would scare good teachers away from using social networks as a teaching tool while failing to stop the real bad conduct.
  3. Tennessee Emotional Distress Law – Makes it a crime to send or post any image that could cause “emotional distress.”
  4. Massachusetts Anti-Staffing Bill – Imposes restrictions and costs on online employment services, deterring them from helping Americans find jobs.
  5. Digital Goods Taxes – Adds new taxes on the “greenest” way to deliver music, movies, software and books.

The iAWFUL reflects the editorial views of the Executive Director of NetChoice and does not necessarily reflect the views of all NetChoice members.

Previous iAWFUL Lists:

March-2011 iAWFUL List

Sept-2010 iAWFUL List

Feb-2010 iAWFUL List

Aug-2009 iAWFUL List

Inaugural iAWFUL List: June 2009

Privacy legislation that sets information collection defaults will harm the growth of online commerce.