Category: Legislation

Human Trafficking Prevention Act (HTPA) Legislation

HTPA legislation is a campaign to block access to certain categories of online content by forcing manufacturers, distributors and retailers to install and activate filtering software on any device that allows access to the internet. The bills are difficult to … Continue reading

Wyoming House Bill 245

House Bill 245 would deem anyone who manufactures, sells or distributes an internet enabled device in this state that does not contain blocking software to violate the existing law for distributing obscenity, which is subject to up to one year in prison.

West Virginia Senate Bill 447

The bill bars any retailer from selling any devices that allow access to the internet without active and operating digital blocking capability” that blocks obscene material. [West Virginia does not have a harmful to minors law.]

North Dakota House Bill 1185

The bill bars any business or individual that manufactures, produces or sells any device that provides internet access unless it makes inaccessible obscene material and to any “intimate image” as defined in the North Dakota harmful to minors law. However, the law does not define “intimate image.”

Indiana House Bill 1533

The bill bars the manufacture or distribution of devices that provide access to the internet without active software that blocks material harmful to minors or obscene as designated by the attorney general.

Georgia House Bill 509

The bill requires that certain products sold or leased by retailers contain a digital blocking capability that renders obscene material inaccessible.

Texas House Bill 2266

Texas HB 2266 would bar a business from selling or leasing to a consumer any product that makes content accessible on the internet is barred from doing business in Texas unless the product contains an “active and operating digital blocking capability” that blocks access to obscene material.

Louisiana HB 172

The bill bars any retailer in Louisiana from selling or leasing any device that provides internet access unless it includes an “active and operating digital blocking” capability that renders obscene material inaccessible. It also bars any retailer outside Louisiana from selling or leasing such a device to anyone in Louisiana.

Alabama House Bill 428

The bill would make it a crime for anyone to sell any device that allows access to the internet unless it contains an active filter that blocks or restricts access to “obscene material,” which is defined to include “sexual cyber harassment” and any offers or ads for prostitution or human trafficking.

South Carolina House Bill 3003

The bill requires that all devices that allow access to the internet must come with an “active and operating digital blocking capability” that make obscene material “inaccessible.”