Monday, March 07, 2005

Perhaps the most pointless internet law ever passed

As reported by The Inquirer, an online news publication, the Utah state senate has recently approved a law that will force internet service providers to ban any website defined by the state as "harmful to children" from actually appearing in the browsers of Utah citizens. The law also forces search engines like Google to automatically block such websites from appearing in the search results for any citizen of Utah, and for email providers to block each and every email to a Utah citizen that displays pornography.

Has anyone bothered to tell the Utah senate that such a law is literally unenforcable? I don't know, maybe it's just me. (Thanks to Fleshbot.com for pointing this out.)