CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
Child Online Protection Act
Not to be confused with COPPA, the Child Online Protection Act is an antiporn law that prohibits Web sites from knowingly making available to minors (persons under 17 years of age) material that is deemed harmful (such as sexually explicit material). The U.S. Congress passed the law in 1998, but it was immediately challenged in court as violating First Amendment guarantees of free speech.
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