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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 1/3/2009 1:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
Gzus I have had enough of your heavyhanded bullcrap in every topic that doesn't even interest you. You post to hear yourself talk.

You mean like freaking out at someone without refuting? Nice argument, if only it was filled with more than you throwing a fit like a child in the store.

Brain dysfunction? You must be talking about yourself. Seriously, you can't honestly believe that nobody is responsible for their own actions. That anyone can do anything and just use the " he was crazy " or " temporary insanity " defense ? Are you that thick !?

Do you honestly think that the brain is not responsible for all decisions you make? It is what makes you, you. If you believe in some silly notion of a soul, then I truly look down on you. Or do you think that the retarded, schizophrenic and sociopathic alike are fake brain dysfunctions? Like if they just take responsibility for it, it will all be OK? Maybe if they believe it hard enough, it will just go away and the brain will heal itself.

I don't know why I bother with you. I have noticed a pattern. You jump into subjects you know nothing about and pick whatever angle that gets you the most press. But come on, defending child mollesters ? A new low.

I know why you bother, cause you just want to hear yourself talk without actually refuting anything. I have noticed this pattern with you. If I wanted the most press, I would just go nuts like Pirks or PS3. I didn't realize acknowledging someone has a problem is defending them. If I acknowledge mental retardation is a real thing and caused by a dysfunction, am I defending them or making a statement on an issue?

Setting a precedent that we just kill people without trying to rehabilitate them means we are turning the clocks backwards to the Dark Ages. Clearly you don't understand the goal of a society. It is to have functional members that all assist for the greater good. Should we start shooting all the cripples because they are a detriment to society? They eat resources and give nothing back in some instances, effectively hurting society as a whole, I would venture that is worse than one kid getting molested.

But either way, try this: Put together a logical argument for your stance and present it. I will then respond with information from my stance, that is called a debate. Or would you prefer to just get all angry? I'm OK with that, you're so cute when your angry.

RE: I know the solution
By Reclaimer77 on 1/3/2009 2:48:35 PM , Rating: 2
The type of "brain dysfunction" you are talking about is impossible to test for. Difficult, at best, to diagnose. And can be easily mimicked or faked. Do you doubt that defense attorneys have turned a crime that was clearly premeditated into " I was insane " not guilty verdicts ?

Do you honestly think that the brain is not responsible for all decisions you make?

Of course. But that's your argument ? Nobody should be held accountable for what they do, because the brain decides everything ?

Or are you actually claiming that the majority of sex offenders were simply powerless to help themselves ? Odd that this "brain dysfunction" only manifests itself in child rape in adults that lead otherwise normal, even productive, lives.

I didn't realize acknowledging someone has a problem is defending them.

/rolls eyes.

You know exactly what you are doing Gzus.

Sigh, and I fell for it again.

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