CCIA, 10 Associations, Groups Warn Senate Judiciary Leaders EARN IT Bill Would Make Internet Less Safe, Weaken Ability To Remove Illegal Content

BY Heather Greenfield
February 9, 2022

Washington – The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to mark up the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies” (EARN IT) Act on Thursday, which would weaken the law companies rely upon to address objectionable activity online, commonly referred to as Section 230, in a misdirected effort to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.

Ahead of the markup for the EARN IT Act, the Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 10 other associations and companies in a letter to Senate Judiciary leaders noting the problems it would exacerbate with internet user security and strong encryption while doing little to reduce the problems it purports to address.

CCIA has advocated for legal certainty for companies to remove nefarious and illegal content for more than 25 years. 

The following can be attributed to CCIA President Matt Schruers:

“This bill chips away at the statutory framework that enables companies to  remove nefarious and illegal content online. To stamp out abuse material, federal prosecutors must act on the tens of millions of pieces of content that digital services report to authorities every year. But the unfortunate reality is that these prosecutions have dwindled in recent years.

“By making the use of encryption a potential basis for liability, this bill will make users less safe online, and interfere with the removal of illegal content.”

Related Articles

The European Commission proposes new rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse material

May 11, 2022

Brussels, BELGIUM – The European Commission proposed new rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) today. The European Parliament and the Member States will now each assess and amend the European Commission’s proposal. The proposed Regulation creates new industry obligations concerning the detection, reporting, removal and blocking of known and new CSAM.…

CCIA Statement on the Enactment of the Utah Consumer Privacy Act

Mar 24, 2022

Washington –  Governor Spencer Cox has signed the Utah Consumer Privacy Act into law, making Utah the fourth U.S. state to enact comprehensive consumer data privacy legislation. The law will take effect December 31, 2023.  While the Computer & Communications Industry Association supports the enactment of comprehensive privacy legislation at the federal level, in its…

Senate Reintroduces Bill To Undermine Legal Basis For Digital Services’ Efforts To Address Dangerous Content

Feb 1, 2022

Washington – Senator Graham and Senator Blumenthal have reintroduced the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies” (EARN IT) Act, which would weaken the law companies rely upon to address objectionable activity online, commonly referred to as Section 230, in a misdirected effort to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.  The bill is…