Convicted sex offenders in US targeted for on-line identity registration
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Attorney General Bob McDonnell said Monday that he supports new reporting requirements of a legislative proposal expected to be introduced by Senator Ryan McDougle (Republican Party-Hanover County) for consideration by the Virginia General Assembly when it convenes in January. The legislation would help on-line social networking communities popular among youth groups, such as MySpace and Facebook, prevent sex offenders from using their sites.
"This legislation is an important recognition that the Internet has become a community as real as any other neighborhood and is in need of similar safeguards," officials of MySpace said in response to the announcement. Chief security officer Hemanshu Nigam of the 125-million-user MySpace site said the law would be "a landmark moment in the history of Internet safety."
A U.S. national blacklist will be used by MySpace to ban registered sex offenders. A database called "Sentinel Safe", under development by Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., will be used to check national and state records. Nigam said, "Sentinel Safe will allow us to aggregate all publicly available sex offender databases into a real-time searchable form making it easy to cross-reference and remove known registered sex offenders from the MySpace community."
- Lauren McKay. "Online Sex Offenders" — , December 11, 2006
- Michael Felberbaum, AP writer. "N.Y. planning sex offender polygraphs" — , December 11, 2006
- Ray McAllister. "Plan to attack Internet late, but still first" — , December 12, 2006
- Truman Lewis. "MySpace Builds Database to Target Predators" — , December 6, 2006
- Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Home Page, Virginia State Police
- Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry, United States Department of Justice