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Privacy advocates concerned about a strict new law in Georgia which removes sex offender's online privacy

The latest scuffle over online privacy is brewing up in Georgia.  An aggressive new law is set to take effect today which will force sex offenders to hand over their internet passwords, screen names, and e-mail addresses to the government for monitoring purposes.  Several other states also have efforts that track sex offender's email and screen names.  However, Georgia, which has 16,000 registered offenders, will be the first state to demand the sex offenders’ passwords as well.

A similar law in Utah was already struck down by a federal judge, who ruled that it violated the privacy rights of an offender who challenged it.  However, that ruling was rather narrow as it applied to an offender tried on a military conviction who had never been in Utah's court or prison system.

Critics of the Georgian law say that it not only violates the privacy rights of offenders, but it also places undue stress on the already tight-for-cash Georgian law enforcement.  Sara Totonchi of the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights states, "There's certainly a privacy concern.  This essentially will give law enforcement the ability to read e-mails between family members, between employers."

State Sen. Cecil Staton (R.) who wrote the bill argues that it is necessary to strip the rights of some citizens to protect the rights to life and liberty of others, particularly children.  He states that the benefits of the bill, which will allow law enforcement to detect stalking by predators sooner "outweighs a lot of the rights of these individuals."

He states, "We limit where they can live, we make their information available on the Internet. To some degree, we do invade their privacy.  But the feeling is, they have forfeited, to some degree, some privacy rights."

Most states do compromise sex offenders’ privacy to some extent by making their addresses available online in registries.  However, Georgia and Utah are the only states to propose legislation to take offenders passwords, according to civil rights researchers.  Others argue the bill isn't tough enough.  While the bill threatens violators with a possible return to prison, some believe this won't deter many.

Says State Sen. Staton, "My hunch is, where there's a will, there's a way.  If people are intent on violating this law, there are many different ways. What's important is we have given law enforcement a tool."

One critical issue at stake with the Georgian law is lack of specificity.  While the law is clearly meant to target offenders seeking to exploit children, it does not differentiate by crime.  Thus those found guilty of underage consensual sex, public indecency, or other sex crimes will likely be forced to turn over their passwords as well, bringing into question whether the law is targeting who it intends to.

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RE: I know the solution
By Gzus666 on 1/2/2009 11:37:01 AM , Rating: 0
Granted, I still did bad things, but I'm smart enough to understand "I do this, I get whacked, and I don't wanna get whacked" so many times the knowledge of the consequence stopped me from doing things.

The problem with this is it works to a point. The reason you use violence as a punishment when a child is young is because they lack reasoning at that point. You can't reason with a young child, so you hit them so they equate pain with doing that thing. Now, if you continued to do this throughout their teens and farther, you would most likely end up with an inherently violent child who would use it to solve all problems as they were taught rather than thinking and using reasoning to get through something.

Another example, if you beat the crap out of a dog for everything, eventually it just gets mean. If you mix slight pain for bad acts and rewards for good acts, you end up with a well aligned animal. Now, this is not directly related to people of course, since they differ heavily.

You molest, you should die.

Can you explain how that fits the crime?

Certain things deserve no rehabilitation, which brings me to your next point, which assumes that anybody (or many for that matter) who does these types of things is retarded or have brain malfunctions at the least. This is a convenient defense for these people. They, like me, have sinful urges that may be difficult to control. As an example, I believe I may have at least a partial addiction to the internet. I know and understand this, but I am perfectly capable of controlling the urge to spend all day online IF I CHOOSE TO.

You compare a vice to murder? You use the word "sinful" in a debate over brain function? Insanity my friend, I can see now I am dealing with one of the religiously delusional. I'm sorry to break it to you, but science trumps your ideas and always will. Brain function is broken up very clearly in how you respond to things, to deny this is to deny the very scientific method that gives you the internet.

Please don't respond with religion, cause from this point forward, anything with even a hint of it will be ignored due to no proof. When debating we must deal in facts, not beliefs.

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