The House of Representatives today passed H.R. 883, the Targeting Child Predators Act, introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06).

“After speaking with Florida law enforcement about the challenges they face when tracking suspects online, I introduced the Targeting Child Predators Act,” DeSantis said. “I applaud my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for stepping up tonight and voting to give our law enforcement the tools they need to protect vulnerable children.”

Law enforcement can often obtain the IP address of a suspected child predator and then subpoena Internet Service Providers (ISP) for the user information attached to the IP address. ISPs may then inform the user of the law enforcement inquiry, enabling suspected child predators to wipe clean their accounts and delete potential evidence. The Targeting Child Predators Act would amend 18 USC Section 3486, requiring that ISPs, in the very specific case of child exploitation, wait 180 days prior to disclosing to a specific user that their information was requested by law enforcement.