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Clinton orders study on policing the Internet

Internet

August 6, 1999
Web posted at: 6:23 p.m. EDT (2223 GMT)

From White House Correspondent John King

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (CNN) -- President Clinton signed an executive order Friday creating a Cabinet-level working group, headed by the attorney general, to study whether existing federal laws are strong enough to police illegal conduct on the Internet.

The order asks the working group to explore whether more can be done under federal law to help authorities police the illegal sale of guns, explosives, controlled substances and prescription drugs, as well as fraud and child pornography.

It also asks the group to consider recommendations for parents, teachers and others to help them police inappropriate conduct on the Internet.

Members of the group include: the attorney general; the budget director; secretaries of the Treasury, Education, and Commerce; the FBI director; the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; the DEA administrator; the chair of the Federal Trade Commission, and the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.


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