New Congressional Bill Targets P2P Companies

A new bill introduced in Congress targets P2P companies to limit pornography trading among minors.

The bill, dubbed the Protecting Children from Peer-to-Peer Pornography (P4) Act, would require P2P companies to force minors to receive parental permission before any use. Chief sponsors of the bill are Reps. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., and Chris John, D-La. If passed, the Federal Trade Commission would become involved to limit P2P online activity without express permissions. Technological mechanisms for limiting such use has not been specified, and P2P providers are notorious for their slippery presence. “Our legislation gives parents the tools they need to protect their children from pornography and threats to privacy posed by peer to-peer file-trading networks,” Pitts said in a statement. “By working together to protect children, we are building a broad and bipartisan coalition.”