Utah Porn Filter Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

Bill mandates a default porn filter installed on all devices (phones, tablets, computers, etc) old in Utah

Utah’s controversial “porn filter” bill, HB 72, has passed both the House and the Senate, and now only awaits the Governor’s signature to become law. The bill, which has been heavily opposed by state trade associations, tech company lobbyists, and free speech organizations, would require every computer, phone, tablet, or other internet-connected electronic device to be sold with a default porn filter installed and activated, beginning in 2022. The mandatory filters – primarily produced by for-profit faith-based software companies – would then have to be deactivated manually by the purchaser through a process that has not been adequately explained. Companies that do not comply with the installation of the mandatory filters could face civil liability if their products continue to be sold in Utah.