NY State Demands Email Addresses/Usernames Of Sex Offenders

from the grandstanding-to-protect-the-children dept

Chris writes in to let us know about a new law passed in NY State that requires any sex offender to register any email addresses and screennames with the government. Any time a sex offender registers a new name or email address, he needs to alert the state within 10 days. While you can understand the grandstanding reasoning behind this ("protect the children!"), this really does seem fairly pointless. It's similar to a federal proposal, and all it really does is create a huge bureaucracy. Despite what the mainstream media has portrayed, the vast majority of sex offenders are not online stalking people. Most involve people known to the offender (all too often family members). In fact, recent research has shown that the whole "internet threat" thing is totally overblown. This isn't to absolve sex offenders of their crimes -- but to question the reasoning behind this sort of law. Those who are really out to stalk kids online will simply ignore this law -- and all NY State gets is a big bureaucratic mess tracking usernames and emails.

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    Nate, 19 May 2008 @ 12:41pm

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    I know, it is a can of worms. And I know that isn't the real solution, because of the varying degrees of abuse. But, I am sick and tired of adults that prey on children for sexual gratification. If it were up to me, and it was proven beyond a doubt that an adult molested a child, severe punishment is warranted.

    But, that is a personal opinion. And how to sort out the real "baddies" from the spanking your child cases... I don't know. But someone who rapes a child does not deserve to breath the same air as you an me. And when I say rape, I mean forcible sex. I am not talking about the guy who is 18 having consenual sex with his 17 year old high school girl friend. Again, how you sort it out, I am not sure... but, that is why I am not a judge.

    But, I am the same person who would like to see people who fight pitbulls (or abuse animals in anyway) put to death. Basically, if you are abusive to children or animals, you are a POS in my book. So, my opinions could be taken as a bit extreme.

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