Bill to add emails to sex registry

Bill to add emails to sex registry

Summary: The latest wrinkle in the battle against sex offenders: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to include email addresses and online IDs in offenders' records in the national registry of sex offenders, The Washington Post reports.The legislation is called Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act or, wait for it, KIDS.

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Sex offenderThe latest wrinkle in the battle against sex offenders: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to include email addresses and online IDs in offenders' records in the national registry of sex offenders, The Washington Post reports.

The legislation is called Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act or, wait for it, KIDS. And it's supported by MySpace and Facebook as well as children's advocacy groups.

"We commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing the KIDS Act that requires convicted sex offenders to register any e-mail address or online identifier they use, so social networking sites can block them from accessing their communities," said Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace's chief security officer. "This legislation is another important tool that will make MySpace an even safer place for all."

The Post quoted a law professor who questioned whether the requirement is useful, since people can easily create new email addresses and Facebook IDs.

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  • What a brilliant thought out law...

    I can see it now, all the sex offenders registering <b>"ALL" </b>of their email address's on the site, since they are such law abiding citizens already. Oh wait they are convicted criminals who already have broken more serious laws, do you think they would hesitate to break this one.
    mrOSX
    • More to the point...

      Email addresses are not like addresses or phone numbers, they're like t-shirts. You can have as many as you want, and change them every day.

      pammers will harvest the addresses and bombard them with spam, (much of which will be porn spam) which will render the address useless, forcing them to create a new one, which, if they follow the rules, must then be published again, creating more spam, etc. In other words, ISPs will be forced to bear the cost of this nonsense.

      Not to mention the possibilities for abuse. Suppose the offender puts his ex-wife's email address, and suddenly she's getting death threats and hate mail from strangers?

      This is so stupid in so many ways, on so many levels, the mind boggles. Honestly.
      bmerc
    • RE: What a brilliant . . .

      My take is that the bill's sponsor suffers from a serious medical malady that is not curable. Politely, it is known as "Terminal Stupidity". A much less sensitive way to express it, is as "SFB Syndrome"; (aka [b]S--- For Brains[/b]).
      fatman65535
      • Not the first time

        Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.
        Mark Twain
        Normal_z
      • There really is a reason for it...

        This is a vote getting bill. A tough on crime bill. A "you should reelect me" bill. Anyone who votes against it must be soft on crime. They want to give America to the godless commies, er, a, I mean the terrorists!
        bernalillo
  • Totally Inane & Stupid

    So, if I move and change ISP's...

    How do I keep from accidently getting a cast-off sexual predator e-Mail address?

    Are these legislative bozo's going to appropriate money to maintain an "already used" registry of predator e-Mail addresses?

    Let's see in five years the *shortest* e-Mail address will be 29 characters. Er, maybe, 290 characters...

    Swift really swift...

    Mike Sr.
    • You brought up EXCELLENT points.

      I totally agree for the reasons you suggested; not only THAT, but such people are probably even LESS attached to any "fixed e-mail address" than the REST of us, not MORE so ( or even as MUCH so ). A totally "BOZO" idea; well INTENTIONED, but totally MYOPIC. Hopefully THIS isn't the best that they can come up with.
      passive
  • RE: Bill to add emails to sex registry

    Just another waste of resourses and OUR money!
    pahlease
  • RE: Bill to add emails to sex registry

    How ridiculous is it for the authorities to think that sexual predators will just changes their Internet identities whenever they think the authorities are getting close.

    How much clearer can it be that Internet anonymity is the problem. I can't be anonymous when I rob a bank or expose myself to a child, or walk into an adult bookstore, or watch kids hanging around the mall, but no one has a clue as to who I am if I frequent FaceBook or anyplace else on-line where prey (children) might frequent.
    M Wagner
  • purpose of jail

    The purpose of jail is to remove someone from society who is a danger to society. Clearly the thought is that sexual predators are a threat to society. So why are they out of jail?

    Yes, I know jails cost money and I don't like spending all that money.

    So put those people to work while in jail. You don't work, you don't get food.
    mikeaaa11
  • RE: Bill to add emails to sex registry

    You know what you can do with that proposed bill.........STUFF IT WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE.

    K.C.H
    shadow_cat43
  • RE: Bill to add emails to sex registry

    Just another "I be tough on crime" bill. Monumental jestures. Why doesn't someone write a bill requiring people who are planning a crime to notify authorities in advance? Or maybe just lock themselves up for three years! Now, That would be efficient! Dont you think? I should definately go into politics.
    bernalillo
  • RE: Bill to add emails to sex registry

    I wonder if any organization will step up to explain to congress how stupid this bill is and how much money will be wasted trying to enforce it.
    tonerboy
  • RE: Bill to add emails to sex registry

    This is yet another silly bill that our legislators promote for the sake of grandstanding and letting the folks back home how tough they are on sex offenders.

    Sex offenders are an easy target. They are despised, ridiculed and have already had many of their rights taken from them.

    Now Congress wants to further invade whatever remaining privacy they have. Just imagine how awful it would be if your email correspondence and Web-site visits had to be reported. So much for the wizardry of hyperlinks.

    It is the members of Congress who need watching as they take "contributions" from the powerful lobbies and interests and then misuse that money for their own purposes.

    But I guess that every country needs a group it can persecute to death.

    I'm disgusted!
    gjampol
  • Given the latest Washington Page scandal . . .

    . . .maybe we should automatically put all Senators and Congresscritters on that list, while we're at it!
    critic-at-arms
  • Congress does NOT listen to the AMERICAN

    I vote we spend the time and our tax dollars securing our borders once and for all.
    pahlease
  • Stupidity

    Who thinks up these technically stupid bills? Just like that recent one that forces everyone to look at and examine all images and movies coming across their wireless connections for child porn - why are they forcing people to look at that in the first place, and secondly who is going to buy the $50,000 piece of equipment that allows you to intercept those signals and examine them as files in the first place, and who is really going to do it for: their computers, Apple box, ipods, cellphones, remote controls, car door keys, etc. etc. - like I said - technically STUPID bills that should never have been crafted nor passed.
    kokuryu
  • RE: Bill to add emails to sex registry

    Just plain useless. And it says nothing about how they can prevent any kind of mistaken identity case.
    dmor1412