File:2.9.22 CR EARN IT Opposition Letter
Description: Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee from CR opposing S.3538 – EARN IT Act of 2022. Consumer Reports writes to urge the Committee to oppose S.3538, the EARN IT Act. CR supports strong efforts to halt the alarming proliferation of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) online, and encourages Congress to consider a variety of reforms designed to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and better hold online platforms accountable for the harms that their design encourages and amplifies. But CR urges the Committee to oppose S.3538: while attempting to address a serious, grave, and urgent problem, EARN IT may ultimately cause more harm—especially in its potential to undermine encryption—while Senator Wyden’s Invest in Child Safety Act offers an alternative approach to addressing the proliferation of CSAM online.