The Electronic Frontier Foundation
has filed a motion on behalf of the Internet Archive to intervene in the case of a Washington state law that is designed to combat online advertisements of underage sex workers, but that the tech law advocacy group says is fraught with problems and may be in conflict with federal law.
In essence, the law, formally known as SB 6251
, aims to strengthen protections of underage children forced into sexual exploitation and prostitution, and would force Backpage.com, the company owned by Village Voice Media, to impose in-person age verification
for adult sex-related classified ads.
The Internet Archive is concerned that it as part of its online repository, it could cache a sex ad, and then be liable under this new law.