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The EARN IT Act, which was introduced in March by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), aims to prevent the spread of child abuse photos on social media. However, it has undergone a series of major changes on its path to a full Senate vote. The version that emerged from the committee today is based on FOSTA, or the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, which was enacted in 2018. Although Section 230 of FOSTA provided a carve-out for online behavior that “promotes or encourages prostitution,” EARN IT will create a similar carve-out for child abuse imagery on the internet.
Graham submitted an amendment shortly before the bill was taken up in committee that resolved several of these issues, but critics remain unconvinced. Section 230 of the bill remains unchanged, allowing states to prosecute tech firms under a number of state laws.
In a statement released Thursday, Billy Easley, senior tech policy analyst for Americans for Prosperity, said, “This bill could irreversibly damage the very free speech rights that allow the internet to be the most effective communications tool in history and to serve as a primary means of commerce for countless American small businesses.”
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We recently wrote about the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (LAED Act), a new law in the United States that would effectively prohibit encryption by forcing businesses to create a backdoor. However, this isn’t the only attempt in the US Congress to eliminate privacy as we know it.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the EARN IT Act on July 2. (an acronym that stands for Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020). EARN IT will be discussed on the Senate floor now that it has passed out of committee. If passed, this bill would make social media sites responsible for monitoring all content posted on their networks, including private messages, in order to avoid the dissemination of child sexual exploitation information.
However, the bill is drafted in a way that allows individual states a lot of leeway in establishing their own laws. Online freedom advocates argue that the law is ill-suited to its stated goal, and that it could instead compel Internet firms to control all of their users’ activities, even if that means cracking encryption.
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Representatives Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) introduced the House version of the EARN IT Act (H.R.8454) on September 30. The Senate version (S.3398) was introduced in March. This is the first major progress on the bill since the Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passed a “manager’s amendment” version of EARN IT in early July.
This year, I’ve written extensively about the EARN IT Act’s numerous flaws. Even after several rounds of amendments in the Senate, it remains a bad bill that jeopardizes online speech, privacy, and cybersecurity without ensuring any real improvements in child protection. As I discussed here, an amendment proposed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that was meant to secure encryption isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
The version adopted in the House of Representatives is almost identical to the version approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. (TechFreedom deserves credit for comparing the documents and for spearheading a coalition letter outlining the bill’s flaws.) The only substantive improvement is that the House version weakens Leahy’s encryption safeguards.