Legislation has been introduced in the legislatures of three states that would prevent access to pornography via computer. In South Carolina, state Rep. Bill Chumley has introduced a bill that would require sellers to install blocking software that would prevent access to pornographic material on computers and other devices. In addition, the bill would prohibit access to websites that facilitate prostitution and human trafficking.
If passed into law, South Carolina would be able to impose fines of $20 per device against manufacturers who are in violataion. The funds would ostensibly go towards funding a human trafficking task force that was founded by the state attorney general.
Buyers of computers, smartphones, and similar devices would be able to bypass the manufacturer’s block by verifying their age and paying a $20 fine, which would also go towards the task force.
Alabama lawmakers will consider a bill next week that would criminalize accessing internet pornography via smartphone or other internet access device without a pornography filter. Adults who want to access the pornographic material who have to pay a $20 fee and request the deactivation in writing. The bill was introduced by Rep. Jack Williams earlier this month.
The bill would make it a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, to sell any internet access device without a filter to block out obscene material, child pornography, images used for sexual cyber harassment, or sites used for human trafficking. Also, selling such devices without a filter would be a class C felony, and punishable by 10 years in prison.
A similar bill has been introduced in North Dakota.