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Settlement Reached in Web-Filtering Case
The American Civil Liberties Union announced it has settled a lawsuit with a central Missouri school district whose Internet-filtering software was blocking access to nonsexual websites about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.
The ACLU said the Camdenton R-III School District has agreed to stop blocking the sites, submit to monitoring for 18 months to confirm compliance and pay $125,000 in legal fees and costs.
As part of a national campaign, the ACLU sued the district last summer in federal court in Jefferson City on behalf of organizations whose websites had been blocked. The problem was that the Camdenton district used filtering software to block purely educational sites, according to the ACLU.
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