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Computer Science: Important Legislative Initiatives: Child Protection Legislation

Proposed Bills

These bills are still being considered and have not yet been voted into law.

Passed Legislation

These bills have been passed and have become laws.

Protection of Children from Sexual Predators Act of 1998

Goal of the Bill:

Addresses multiple aspects addressing concerns about sexual predators.

Latest Major Action:

Became Public Law No: 105-314


Children's Internet Protection Act

Goal of the Bill:

To impose requirements to apply filters to reduce offensive content for any school or library that receives funding for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program.

Latest Major Action:

8/5/1999 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 262.


Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

Goal of the Bill:

To give parents more control over what information websites can collect from their kids.

Latest Major Action:

10/1/1998 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Commerce. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.


Dropped Legislation

These bills were either never passed, or else were passed and then later removed.

Child Online Protection Act (COPA)

Goal of the Bill:

To require all sites on the Internet with material defined as harmful to minors on the to restrict access from minors.

Latest Major Action:

2009: permanent injunction against the law