We should know what we’re get­ting into with il­le­gal in­ter­net con­tent

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

There have been a few sto­ries lately about il­le­gal in­ter­net con­tent and about the dark/deep in­ter­net — that is, the in­ter­net that is only ac­ces­si­ble with cer­tain browsers. These sto­ries about ac­cess­ing il­le­gal con­tent on the in­ter­net are very con­cern­ing be­cause the proper and com­plete dis­clo­sures have not been made.

There re­ally should be a dis­clo­sure made on the web­sites about who can ex­pect to go to jail and be ar­rested for il­le­gal con­tent on their com­put­ers or phones. Please keep in mind that it is not known what is in an email un­til it is opened, and it is not known what is on a web­site un­til it is ac­cessed.

Other than a concern about un­known con­tent, there is no rea­son to be hes­i­tant about open­ing up an email from a stranger, and there is no rea­son to be hes­i­tant about go­ing to an un­known site. Yet, if there is il­le­gal con­tent on the site, will we be held re­spon­si­ble? It should be made clear — by those who make ar­rests, those who pros­e­cute, those who sen­tence, and the list goes on — ex­actly what we can ex­pect by go­ing to un­known sites and open­ing up emails from strangers.

This should not be an unan­swered ques­tion, and yet, it is. Ever y county res­i­dent should be able to avoid jail, if in fact they’re tr ying to avoid it.

Melissa Davis, La Plata

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