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Wednesday, 30th July 2008

Legal Issues: Bill would ban kids from Facebook, MySpace in libraries

From the article:

Congress is considering a bill that would bar children who use computers in public libraries from accessing Facebook and other social networking websites without parental permission.

Rep. Mark Steven Kirk, the Illinois Republican who sponsored the measure, says the proposal would keep sexual predators from contacting minors who are using a library computer.

But the American Library Association says Kirk's bill is yet another attempt by the federal government to interfere with library users' privacy and free speech.

"If people in a community do not feel confident that their privacy will be protected, they cannot use the library as it was intended, for intellectual pursuit," said Emily Sheketoff, who heads the association's Washington office. "It will intimidate them."

Source: USA Today


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