http://www.webpronews.com/rep-couch-fee ... gs-2008-03
Kentucky State Representative, Tim Couch is proposing:
In summary, House Bill 775 would require anyone who wants to leave a comment on a Web site to register their real name, address, and e-mail address with the Web site. They would be expected to use their real name whenever they commented. Web site operators who would not abide by the law would be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for any additional violation.
What a complete idiot I mean that in every sense of the word.
- First of all the "reason" for this law is to prevent online bullying, e.g if you're using your real name you can be tracked down. Of course now anyone that wishes to find you simply has to put your name in a search engine.
- This would be a nightmare and impossible for any website owner to enforce.
- Lasly there is so many loopholes to get through that those that wanted to be anonymous would be.
End result is the website has a lot of personal data relating to you that it doesn't need. You the honest person is going to abide by this so that personal data is now public and lastly those that intend harm and want to post anonymously will find loopholes to get through the system. This is as bad as COPPA. In brief since I collect an email address for registration COPPA requires me to collect a lot of personal information about anyone under 13 that wishes to use this site so there parent can sign up for them, address, age, etc. This is to Protect their privacy... One of those feel good laws enacted where the legislator was thumping his chest saying how he's going to protect the children when in fact the law does the exact opposite. Public has no clue, they only know Joe Legislator is keeping them safe...
Don't know where this is going but i can tell you this. If I'm required by Kentucky Law to collect the personal information of the current or future members here from Kentucky I'll have no choice but to not allow anyone from Kentucky to use this site.