Originally Posted by 7thOmen
The bold. Why is it any obligation of the ISP to have to inform parents? Shouldn't the parents be liable for sourcing their own information? Where is the accountability?
Sadly, my view of the world has little to do with "IT view", but I digress. How hard is it to ask potentially knowledgeable people in any forum or venue about "how to prevent my children from seeing nudity and adult content on the internet" (at the risk of being cheeky, please note the lack of technicality in that)? Clearly the answer must be 'very', because laws/rules had to be created to ease the burden of asking such a seemingly difficult question. That begs the next question, "Why the difficulty?" Should not a parent be willing to give up life and limb to protect their children? What is different here? Perhaps my sarcastic quote (from my initial post) wasn't too far off the mark?
It is the fact that governments are asked to, or feel compelled to, create these rules and regulations to protect those who should (and could) be accountable for their own protections. If the rule was not created, there would not be a news post about CenturyTel angering people. 'We' do not need more rules, especially when common sense should dictate our course of actions.
The problem is the precedence that is set here. Eventually, thanks to rules and regulation such as this, parents will just come (continue?) to rely on 'the village' to raise their kids. This can not possibly be healthy for future generations.
Before the goal posts get moved, let us just stick to this solitary example.
Edited for clarity.
But parents are liable and accountable
just like they always were,
the law doesn't change one iota about that, you still seem to be putting words and intentions in the law that simply aren't there and with that you're making a big deal out of nothing. If a future law becomes intrusive or nanny state like, then I'll agree with you, but this is just providing information that the parents are 100% free to do what they want with it, including nothing, and said information could have been accomplished with a single sentence on a single monthly bill if it weren't for this particular ISP to mess it up due to their commercial interests in the specific Norton package offer.