Illinois Bill Would Curb Anonymous Posting on Internet

Illinois Bill Seeks To Curb Anonymous Posting on InternetA bill introduced in the Illinois state senate last week, styled the “Internet Posting Removal Act,” would require all web site administrators, upon request, to remove any posted comments posted by an anonymous poster unless he or she agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate. See Illinois Senate Bill 1614. Potential snares for the bill include: (1) the bill does not appear to be limited in any way to persons legitimately subject to Illinois law; and (2) U.S. courts have held that the right to speak anonymously (including on the Internet) is protected by the free speech provisions of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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