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Why do libraries use content filters?

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answered 2016-01-14 16:33:59 -0500

Certain laws require libraries to install filtering software on computer terminals that are accessible to minors. For example, the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act requires that funding recipients of the Library Services and Technology Act, Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and the Universal Service discount program known as the E-rate (Public Law 106-554) implement Internet safety policies and install software that blocks or filters certain Internet content from being accessible by minors.

The filter also protects library computers from websites that download malicious software, pose security risks, or could otherwise harm a library’s network. It further protects patrons by blocking websites known for fraud or phishing scams.

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