There seems to be a fine line between fighting crime and personal freedoms. We've known for a while now that the U.S. government uses spying techniques to try and prevent terrorism and cyberattacks.
We even told you about how Yahoo was allegedly working with the government to scan all incoming emails. Now, a bill intended to fight human trafficking is being introduced, but does it go too far?
Republican South Carolina State Representative Bill Chumley has introduced the Human Trafficking Prevention Act. If it becomes a law, all computers sold in the state of South Carolina would have to contain software that would block access to online pornography.
Although, there is a way to get around the porn blocker. If you are over the age of 18, you would be able to pay a one-time fee of $20 to have the software removed from the computer.
Obviously, this potential law raises a number of questions. For one, how would the software determine which sites are acceptable and which are not?
Also, there would need to be multiple versions of the software written for the many available operating systems. Would the $20 fee cover those costs?
Then there is the issue of practicality. There isn't anything keeping South Carolina residents from purchasing a computer from another state. That's a simple way for people to get around the system.
Essentially, this law would be a tax on computers. The revenue could be used to fund anti-trafficking programs. However, with so many obstacles standing in its way, the bill is a long-shot to actually become law.
How do you feel about these types of laws? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.