Civil liberties groups challenge Internet act

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The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a court challenge seeking an injunction against the new ``Online Child Protection Act,'' signed into law by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 21. The lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Philadelphia; it charges that the act is unconstitutional and will restrict free speech. Joining the civil liberties groups are Salon Magazine, PlanetOut Corp. and the Internet Content Coalition, whose members include the New York Times Electronic Media Co., CBS New Media, Time Inc. and Warner Bros. Online.

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