Close

Are you in compliance?

Don't miss out! Sign up today for our weekly newsletters and stay abreast of important GRC-related information and news.

×

Status message

Start your free, no obligation 5-day trial to continue exploring with full access.

Senate advances human trafficking bills, debates Communications Decency Act

Joe Mont | September 20, 2017

While two related bills have passed in the Senate, a battle is brewing over bipartisan legislation intended to attack the problem on Internet-facilitated human trafficking.

On Sept. 19, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a legislative hearing on the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017. The bill, a proposal to combat online exploitation, has been met with concerns about potentially weakened corporate protections under the Communications Decency Act.

The proposed legislation, sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and 27 additional cosponsors, proposes amending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to create new legal liability for Internet companies whose sites knowingly facilitate sex trafficking and other crimes through content hosted on their platforms.

While it does not affect federal criminal...

Read this single article for $49, or click the subscribe button below to review subscription options.

Enjoy unlimited access to thousands of articles, browse five years of digital magazines, qualify for reduced admission to events, and more.