SIIA Concerns Regarding SB 780 – Maryland Online Child Protection Act

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) joins four industry organizations express their concerns to SB 780, the “Maryland Online Child Protection Act”. While the business community supports the objective of safeguarding children online, SIIA express reservations about the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed default filtering requirement for internet-connected devices. The letter argues that such a requirement is technologically impractical and could create confusion and legal liabilities for companies. Instead, the business community suggests alternative approaches such as incorporating media literacy into education frameworks and promoting online safety campaigns. SIIA advocates for a more nuanced and risk-based strategy for addressing online safety concerns tailored to different age groups.

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