WASHINGTON – CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association, released the following statement from CompTIA’s executive vice president for public advocacy Elizabeth Hyman regarding the passages of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA):
“As an industry, we are committed to aggressively working with law enforcement partners to combat the illicit activities of online sex trafficking and other bad actors. Currently, the Communications Decency Act allows website and online companies to collaborate with law enforcement and other outside groups to share signs of abuse and invest in new technologies to prevent future wrongdoing. However, the legislation passed today, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), would weaken the ability of online platforms to share potentially illegal conduct, limit their ability to innovate in this space, and expose them to a multitude of civil and criminal penalties.
“We look forward to continuing to work with members of Congress, the Department of Justice and the administration to find a way for internet companies to continue to work with law enforcement on putting an end to online sex trafficking once and for all.”
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