📱 Utah SB 104

Issue: Device Filters

Latest Action: Introduced on January 22, 2024

This bill, titled the Children's Device Protection Act, introduces regulations related to the deactivation of device filters on tablets and smartphones sold in Utah. It specifies that anyone, other than the parent or legal guardian, who disables the required filter on a device possessed by a minor commits a class A misdemeanor, with fines up to $5,000 for each offense. Repeat offenders may face felony charges with fines up to $50,000 and potential imprisonment. The legislation mandates that all devices activated in the state must have a filter, determine the user's age during activation, automatically activate the filter for minors, notify users when access is blocked, and allow non-minor users with a password to deactivate and reactivate the filter. Manufacturers are held liable for civil damages if their devices do not comply, with exceptions for those making good-faith efforts. The attorney general can take legal action against violators, seeking penalties, expenses, and other relief. Parents or legal guardians can bring private lawsuits against manufacturers for damages, including actual, punitive, and nominal damages, attorney fees, and other appropriate relief. The bill repeals previous sections related to device filters and takes effect on January 1, 2025, with some actions affecting a specific section effective on May 1, 2024.

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  • Introduced
  • Passed First Committee
  • Passed First Chamber
  • Passed Both Committees
  • Passed Both Chambers
  • Enacted

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