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SB 0474 - Minors; provide availability of parental controls over Internet access

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Staton,Cecil 18th
Last Action: 5/14/2008 - Senate Date Signed by Governor
Senate Committee: S&T
House Committee: PS&HS
Assigned To:
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This bill provides for the availability of parental control over internet access by minors. If an Internet access provider knows that a subscriber currently resides in Georgia, the provider shall make available to the subscriber a product or service that enables the subscriber to control a minor’s  use of the Internet. This bill requires the Department of Education to develop a model program for educating students on internet safety. 

In determining the terms and conditions of probations for any person who has been convicted of a criminal offense against a minor or dangerous sexual offense, the court may provide that the probationer be required to allow viewing and recording of the probationer’s incoming and outgoing e-mail, history of websites visited and content accessed, and other Internet based communication. There may also be a requirement to have periodic unannounced inspections of the contents of the probationer’s computer, or any other device with Internet access, including the retrieval and copying of all data from the computer. 

An interactive computer service doing business in Georgia that obtains knowledge of facts or circumstances from which a violation of any law of this state prohibiting child pornography is apparent shall make a report of such facts and circumstances to the Cyber Tipline at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Failure to do so shall constitute a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.

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