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Short Take: ACLU challenges South Dakota Net law

The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating to see if South Dakota violated the First Amendment when it blocked all email sent from a specific Internet service provider. Earlier this month, the state government blocked email sent from ISP Technology Dimensions. A customer of the service was spamming government employees about a controversy involving sacred Native American sites; the governor's office said the petitions were inaccurate. But blocking email access to state employees may violate the Constitution, according to the ACLU.

The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating to see if South Dakota violated the First Amendment when it blocked all email sent from a specific Internet service provider. Earlier this month, the state government blocked email sent from ISP Technology Dimensions. A customer of the service was spamming government employees about a controversy involving sacred Native American sites; the governor's office said the petitions were inaccurate. But blocking email access to state employees may violate the Constitution, according to the ACLU.