The Trump administration is threatening to block access to a service that lets users view a court document online and then upload copies of it, a threat that could have wide-ranging implications for how people access court documents online.
The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it would propose a “penalty for failure to comply” with the agency’s proposed regulations, which would require service providers to block certain “inappropriate and unlawful” content or information.
The FTC’s proposed rule would require providers of online services like Filezilla, a service used by people who want to download documents from the government, to “disclose the information sought on request” and then provide users with an option to “opt-out” of access to certain content or content.
It also would require that service providers provide “a mechanism for users to opt-out of viewing inappropriate or unlawful content or material.”
The rules were first reported by The Hill.
The regulations are likely to face resistance in Congress, which has long pushed for more transparency in government.
A House subcommittee is expected to vote on the rules later this week.