A bill has been proposed in the Georgia State Senate which would require social networking websites, possibly including MemeStreams, to verify that minors who create accounts have parental permission. In practice this would mean that any Georgia website, no matter how benign, which allows users to create profiles, would be required to implement as yet undefined age validation procedures for all new users.
We believe that this proposal is a bad idea for a number of different reasons. We composed the following open letter to the sponsors of the legislation in an attempt to articulate our concerns.
Our response has been noted on the MemeStreams Defense website.
We don't do much with the defense website, and we like it that way. We would prefer not to have to do anything with it, but it's there.
MemeStreams response to Georgia Senate Bill 59 - 2007