What is the full form of CDA?

Full form of CDA: Here, we are going to learn what does CDA stands for? CDA – which is an abbreviation of "Communication Decency Act" in Computer Acronyms/Abbreviations, etc.
Submitted by Anushree Goswami, on June 19, 2020

CDA: Communication Decency Act

CDA is an abbreviation of the "Communication Decency Act".

It is a legislation act also called Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1996. Its main objective is to control and manage pornography material on the internet, in response to concerns about minor’s access over the internet by imposing criminal sanctions on any person who intentionally sends out or broadcast offensive speeches, messages or materials that are obscene or indecent on the internet under some specific situations or conditions.

In 1997, U.S. Supreme Court judges found that the anti-indecency provisions of the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA) violating the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union landmark case. The American Civil Liberties Union expressed diverging views that some specific sections of the act were facially unconstitutional and attempted to obtain a prior ban or advance restriction by intercepting the U.S Supreme Court from implementing and inflicting those provisions; the decision was declared by the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union without any further statement.

Section 230

  • In 1996, at the time of passing and enacting the Communications Decency Act, Section 230 was not included in the provisions of the U.S Supreme court legislation; however, afterward, it was included in the conference with the House.
  • It had been brought in independently in the conference with the house by official frontals Christopher Cox (R-CA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) in the form of the Internet Freedom and Family Empowerment Act and legislatively enacted by a closely associated completely in agreement, 'vote'.
  • It offers protection for contributors and users of an "interactive computer service" by taking legal responsibility for third-party content that they issue and make public. In case of protection and safety, it precisely states, "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider".
  • Its provisions of protection do not cover U.S Supreme Court criminal legal responsibility or intellectual property law.

Reference: Communications Decency Act


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