September 17, 2004

DNS filtering is unconstitutional (in Pennsylvania)

Because of this statute, American Internet Service Providers had to block Web pages related to a specific domain name. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that such DNS filtering could result in overblocking when used against sites that host communities. For example, the court said Verizon blocked 500,000 innocent sites when it used DNS filtering software in order to prevent access to a single subpage of Terra Networks' Web site.
The law has resulted in blocked access to more than one million wholly innocent websites.

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