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    Eight state attorneys general have authored a letter to MySpace.com requesting that the social-networking site turn over data pertaining to registered sex offenders who use the service.

    Link: To Cnet news.com article.
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    Eight state attorneys general have authored a letter to MySpace.com requesting that the social-networking site turn over data pertaining to registered sex offenders who use the service.

    Link: To Cnet news.com article.
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      I think it is a great idea to keep (real) sex offenders - that is sexual predators - off MySpace as well as any other cyberspace that young people frequent. But how the heck are we going to do that?

      These stories always seem to be written by people who have no clue about how the internet works. How can a law make MySpace police its pages to keep predators away? Here's a clue:

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      According to Nigam, additional government action would help MySpace. "Mandatory sex offender e-mail registration legislation--which is now being considered at the federal level and in several states," he said, "would significantly expedite this process and help keep sex offenders off our sites."


      Sure. make sex offenders register their email addresses with the government.

      Yeah.

      So whenever you sign up for an account with hotmail, yahoo, gmail, or any of the literally hundreds of thousands of email providers, you'll have to reveal whether you are a convicted sex offender. This system would absolutely rely on predators being honest. Uh huh.

      Sure.

      Sorry, these people have no clue. The only way this can work is if you have to produce verifiable ID, in person, to some sort of government registrar in order to have an email account ASSIGNED to you. It could easily be included as part of the Real ID act.

      MySpace, and others COULD exclude predators, but only if government takes over registering ALL USERS and tracks all their activities. Assuming they don't already.

      quote:
      The Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes.
      Senator Ted Stephens


      -Mark

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        Isn't this a start of Government again, intruding into our daily lives? Now they want us to 'register' our notorious sex offenders online. Just wait, it's a start. We already register our names for driving, guns, medical conditions, etc. Now they want to monitor the internet.

        Don't get me wrong, sex offenders are indeed, bad news and have easy access to our kids over the internet. But if they have to register, then the Government can easily monitor your computer and what you are viewing and deem what is appropropriate or not, according to their standards.

        Sex offenders could easily beat this system by finding other computers to use, so I don't think this system would work. Good idea, but it's just another way of Government wanting to get into our daily lives.

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          MySpace won't give names of sex offenders

          Several States AG's did not follow proper legal processes in requesting "Sex Offender Lists"

          Link to: MSNBC MySpace article "MySpace won't give names of sex offenders"
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            quote:
            Originally posted by nudeM:
            Isn't this a start of Government again, intruding into our daily lives? Now they want us to 'register' our notorious sex offenders online. Just wait, it's a start. We already register our names for driving, guns, medical conditions, etc. Now they want to monitor the internet.


            Agree completely. And if you do a little research you would find that a large part of so-called "sex offenders" are people who were arrested for being naked. Get busted nude, and suddenly you're a "sex offender" in many places.

            Blessings,

            Bob

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