Legislation recently re-introduced in the U.S. Senate would stop the illicit sale of opioids and other drugs online.
The See Something, Say Something Online Act would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to require companies to report illegal activity on their online platforms to law enforcement.
The illegal activity would need to be reported similarly to how banks are required to report suspicious transactions higher than $10,000. The companies can be held liable if they fail to report criminal activity.
Amending Section 230 would raise the threshold for reporting serious crimes such as illegal drug sales, hate crimes, murder, or terrorism to ensure that users’ privacy remains safe; and require companies to take reasonable steps to prevent or address unlawful activity.
The act would create a system similar to the Bank Secrecy Act within the Department of Justice to serve as a clearinghouse for reports. It would work like the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network within the Treasury Department.
U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) re-introduced the bill.
“High-level drug offenses, violent crimes like murder, and even acts of terrorism are documented online, and it’s past time that technology platforms play a role in standing up for the victims of these types of crimes by saying something when they see something,” Cornyn said.