If you’re one such, “you’ve likely done something very bad, and of which I do not, in any way, approve,” posts Brian Boyer (right) on hacker journalist, going on:
“That said, I’m pretty sure you still have a few rights …”
The law is slated to take effect as of January 1 next year, says the Chicago Tribune, quoted by Brian.
It, “makes it a felony for registered sex offenders to use social networking sites, a move aimed at taking another step toward shutting down an avenue of contact between an offender and victim,” says the story.
“Obviously, the Internet has been more and more a mechanism for predators to reach out,” it has senator Bill Brady, a, “sponsor of the measure and a governor candidate,” stating.
“The idea was, if the predator is supposed to be a registered sex offender, they should keep their Internet distance as well as their physical distance,” he says in the Tribune. “The object is to protect innocent individuals on the Internet from sex offenders.”
Brian says according to the legislation, Social networking website means an »»»
Internet website containing profile web pages of the members of the website that include the names or nicknames of such members, photographs placed on the profile web pages by such members, or any other personal or personally identifying information about such members and links to other profile web pages on social networking websites of friends or associates of such members that can be accessed by other members or visitors to the website. A social networking website provides members of or visitors to such website the ability to leave messages or comments on the profile web page that are visible to all or some visitors to the profile web page and may also include a form of electronic mail for members of the social networking website.
He doesn’t say how ‘sex offenderl’ is defined by law in Illinois, but, “Sure, it seems right to stop violent criminal perverts from poking around MySpace, but every damned site on the web is integrating social networking features nowadays,” he says, going on:
“Is it offensive to the public interest if a sex offender shares an article on TimesPeople? What about LinkedIn? Do sex offenders not deserve a place to post their resume?
“Or, what about a social network devoted to sex offenders trying to rehabilitate? If there isn`t a Ning for this already, there sure oughta be.”
This is, “bad legislation,” Brian says, adding:
“Sex criminals have rights too, and this law effectively bans them from the Web.”
hacker journalist – Sex offenders: Your tweets (and LinkedIn and TimesPeople) are now a felony, August 12, 2009
Chicago Tribune – New law makes sex offenders’ use of Internet social networking a felony, August 12, 2009
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