Reasoning By Analogy [10:42 am]
While I can understand the need, I don’t see how this can be implemented, particularly for web-based email accounts, Are we really going to start putting keyboard sniffers on every convicted sex offender’s computer? On every computer a convicted sex offending might access? Va. AG wants sex offenders’ online names - pdf
If enacted, Virginia would be the first state to require registration of e-mail addresses and instant-messaging identities on the state’s sex offender registry, McDonnell’s office said.
“We require all sex offenders to register their physical and mailing addresses in Virginia, but in the 21st century it is just as critical that they register any e-mail addresses or IM screen names,” McDonnell said in a news release.
[...] MySpace announced plans last week to develop technologies designed to help block convicted sex offenders by checking profiles against government registries, but the News Corp. site’s ability to do so is limited by the fact that users do not have to use their real names.
Requiring registrations of e-mail addresses would make matching easier. To guard against offenders registering one address but using another on MySpace, the penalty would be the same as it would be for not registering or for providing incorrect information, which could result in a misdemeanor or felony charge.