The battle between privacy and free speech is busily being waged in the Illinois legislature, as lawmakers have introduced a variety of proposals to curtail those who abuse the Internet, reports the Daily Herald. Pending measures include:
- Parents having online access to their teenager's driving convictions.
- Voters could cast ballots via the Internet instead of at the polls.
- Online dating companies would have to run background checks on potential mates.
- Library computer programs would block child pornography and other "obscene" material.
- Schools would provide refreshers on Internet safety, illegal downloading, plagiarism and other online issues for students and teachers.
- Gang members would face felony charges for Web recruiting.
- Convicted sex offenders would have to report their e-mail addresses, instant message and chat room accounts to law enforcement.