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  • In what ways is the Internet regulated by the U.S. government?

    • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act  requires search engines in the USA to remove links to web content that infringe copyright, when the copyright holders request.
    • The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 allows you to sue people in the USA who send you spam email without providing a physical address and an opt-out link.
    • Just last month, the FCC passed Net neutrality regulations that prevents ISPs in the USA from allowing some people's content to be provided faster than others.
    • Under the PRISM surveillance program the US government forces Internet companies like Google, Facebook, and others to share information about their users with the government, even those not suspected of committing a crime. Internet companies also have to provide information about suspects when they're served with ordinary search warrants.
    • In general, any laws applying to activities offline also apply to activities online, though it might be harder for the government to enforce. Some laws were enacted specifically to prevent activity on the Internet like law against many US States prohibiting revenge porn and federal law preventing Identity Theft.
    • Other laws weren't enacted specifically to prevent activity on the Internet, but a lot of the violations of those laws happen on the Internet. Examples include laws against  "Computer Fraud and Abuse" and other computer crime laws, laws against child pornography, copyright infringement, defamation, and laws requiring vendors to collect sales tax.


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