Site-blocking suspended in Pennsylvania

In a move heralded as a victory by both the ACLU and the CDT (Center for Democracy in Technology), CNet is reporting that the state of Pennsylvania has suspended the operation of its site blocking law pending further legal action by the federal courts.

At issue is a Pennsylvania state law enacted in 2001 that allows the State Attorney General to make confidential requests to disable sites from access by end users.

This law has raised questions not only because of the secrecy of the lists (the CDT has tried on multiple occasions to receive the lists-- to no avail), but also because of the response from some ISPs, who have claimed that they cannot comply with the law without banning the sites nationwide.