Sex offenders must turn over Internet passwords

Sex offenders who live in the state of Georgia have lost a lot more privacy. A new law that went into effect today requires all offenders not only give authorities their Internet email address and screen names but also the passwords too.

Georgia is not the first state to enact such legislation. Utah was the first to require passwords as well as Internet handles to be turned over to authorities; there are currently 15 states that require email address and user names be turned over but not all require passwords.

State Senator Cecil Staton told MSNBC, "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."

To no surprise privacy groups like the Southern Center for Human Rights are concerned that that law may be going too far. Privacy is an important constitutional right but when others violate your rights, should their rights be stripped?

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LOL. Good one.

My question is more, even if they complied, what prevent them from creating a new screen name, e-mail addy and just start all over. How would the authority find out.

They can't and they know it. This is all just political posturing; the worst use of the law, using the old "think of the children!" line to enact stupid laws and get ahead in politics. If this old coot was trying to pass a law to monitor the emails of all ex-convicts it would never pass. People would see it for the unjust breach of privacy it is. Throw in the word sex offender though and suddenly you can pass any law you want and be praised as a hero.

I'm willing to bet most if not all people here have done something that could get them branded as a sex offender if the right authority figures got hold of you. Ever not been able to wait and just gone behind a bush? Had a 17 year old girlfriend/boyfriend when you were 18? Went streaking in college? Walked past your living room window in your underwear? Too bad you're now branded a sex offender for life! The law is stupid and needs fixing.

This has to go down in the books as the dumbest law yet.

Exactly how much of our taxpayers money is spent monitoring an email account of somebody's email when they KNOW it is being monitored? Yet, the very same felon can walk into any library and log into a bogus MSN account or make up a new one at any time and chat away, get/send email then simply abandon the account. How do they plan on tracking that?!

Rohdekill said,
This has to go down in the books as the dumbest law yet.

Exactly how much of our taxpayers money is spent monitoring an email account of somebody's email when they KNOW it is being monitored? Yet, the very same felon can walk into any library and log into a bogus MSN account or make up a new one at any time and chat away, get/send email then simply abandon the account. How do they plan on tracking that?!


It looks like Georgia has been taking advice from whoever advises the UK government on IT. We've got some despicably ridiculous ones either in place on on the way.

Wouldnt it be easier to get them to just consent to active internet monitoring as a condition or release or parole? That way you get the Panopticon effect where they monitor themselves for fear of being watched all the time.

a certain class of sex offenders should have their rights removed yes because that's the category who're likely to re offend. others like kids with obscene pictures and stuff shouldn't have this.

lgtfix link is spam.

seriously. people make mistakes and people change. you pay your dues, and then you're done. that's how our justice system is supposed to work

most people hear sex offender and think pedophile but like joshie said, there's so many stupid reasons why you can get labeled as a sex offender that it's too ridiculous to even think of all the way.

+1. Well said bud.

I know someone who is a 'sex offender' and they have payed their dues and was only because they had sex with a girl who was 15 at the time, and he was 18. He was required to give a DNA sample to the cops, his email addresses, screen names and be subject to a scan of his PC every 6 months. He is not a pedo, all he did was sleep with his gf of 2 years and her father reported him for it.


sounds like the classic example of guy who gets done for statutory rape of his future wife and mother of his kids... this happens more than people realise...

I agree. Not every person labeled as asex offender is a dirty rotten pedo. One of my friends had a girlfriend who decided they wanted to cry rape because the guy wanted to break up. Now they are sex offenders.

Parents acting like fools and calling the police when two underage teens have sex and the biy gets blamed and the girls goes free. Now he is a sex offender.

Oh an GA, dont you think that these "sex offenders" might sign up for another free emails account?

Yeah, that's what you get, minors that sleep with other minors! And you too, guy that peed in a bush! And don't think for a second I've forgotten about you, 14 year old that took a wang pic of himself and accidentally left it on his cell phone! If you hadn't raped yourself, this wouldn't have happened! Yeah. You're all getting exactly what you deserved. Now get back to overloading our prisons alongside the potheads.

Joshie said,
Yeah, that's what you get, minors that sleep with other minors! And you too, guy that peed in a bush! And don't think for a second I've forgotten about you, 14 year old that took a wang pic of himself and accidentally left it on his cell phone! If you hadn't raped yourself, this wouldn't have happened! Yeah. You're all getting exactly what you deserved. Now get back to overloading our prisons alongside the potheads.

seriously. people make mistakes and people change. you pay your dues, and then you're done. that's how our justice system is supposed to work

most people hear sex offender and think pedophile but like joshie said, there's so many stupid reasons why you can get labeled as a sex offender that it's too ridiculous to even think of all the ways

PermaSt0ne said,
seriously. people make mistakes and people change. you pay your dues, and then you're done. that's how our justice system is supposed to work

most people hear sex offender and think pedophile but like joshie said, there's so many stupid reasons why you can get labeled as a sex offender that it's too ridiculous to even think of all the ways


maybe i'm the only one who sees that he's mocking the fact that people have gotten charged for stupid stuff and therefore are forced to register as offenders.

macrosslover said,
maybe i'm the only one who sees that he's mocking the fact that people have gotten charged for stupid stuff and therefore are forced to register as offenders.

i was agreeing with him, hence why i said "like joshie said"

PermaSt0ne said,
seriously. people make mistakes and people change. you pay your dues, and then you're done. that's how our justice system is supposed to work

most people hear sex offender and think pedophile but like joshie said, there's so many stupid reasons why you can get labeled as a sex offender that it's too ridiculous to even think of all the ways

the problem is..statistically sex offenders repeat their offenses once released
and..how will anyone know what usernames they use, couldnt just proxy/Tor it up and all that

Neoauld said,
the problem is..statistically sex offenders repeat their offenses once released
and..how will anyone know what usernames they use, couldnt just proxy/Tor it up and all that

Statiscally, "statistics" can be made to show just about any result someone wants.

Yes, "serious offfenders" should probably be monitored, but what is going on here is that the law is beginning to be applied very broadly and that could have serious consequences down the road for everyone. What happens when all laws started being interpreted broadly?

Armageddon X said,

Statiscally, "statistics" can be made to show just about any result someone wants.

Yes, "serious offfenders" should probably be monitored, but what is going on here is that the law is beginning to be applied very broadly and that could have serious consequences down the road for everyone. What happens when all laws started being interpreted broadly?

that is true, if it wa sbeing applied to say..serious rapists and pedophiles..id say its fair..but if its being applied to idk..some guy that did something else that wasnt so serious(i dont know what else makes you a sex offender that would be..less serious) then yeah thats extreme

guylaroche said,
It does make you wonder why there is no death penalty for sex offenders....

An enlightened society does not kill people under the law - either as punishment or for retribution. We don't answer murder (or sexual deviance) with additional murder.

Maybe because many sex offenders are mentally ill and we don't execute people simply because they are sick?

LTD said,
An enlightened society does not kill people under the law - either as punishment or for retribution. We don't answer murder (or sexual deviance) with additional murder.

Such thinking is morally superior democrat hippie nonsense.

It is because of thinking like that why we have so many loopholes in the law (here in the US) that let murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug dealers who give deadly poisons to people go free, instead of truly punishing those who break the law. It's thinking like that why we have so many issues with race, religion, politically correct garbage!!

As a race, humans have always had (until recently) one pretty universal truth: You kill someone, YOU die by the hands of the law or even the people as a whole. I have no problem with that, because I'm a realist. I don't harbor any fantasies that humans are "enlightened" or "evolved". We're not. Not by a long shot. If you think I'm wrong, open a newspaper, turn on the evening news, surf the internet, google "al Queda" and then try to come back to me with a straight face and tell me that humans are enlightened and evolved. We're still barbarians, we just have better technology than Conan.

The death penalty may not be a great deterrent, but it does ensure the public safety by making sure that the offender doesn't kill again, and provides closure for the peoplefamily damaged by the wrongful death. It also prevents the further victimization of the people by being forced to fund the care and feeding of those incarcerated when they should be put to death.

It is not murder to punish the wicked/guilty. It's called justice. It's called punishment. Justice is about balance, and the punishment should fit the crime.

Now as for this article, I think that it's a slippery slope here and the law should be struck down. You'll find that pretty soon, people will lose all privacy for a conviction on jaywalking, or parking in the handicapped zone.

I feel bad for those people that are wrongly labeled sex offenders (like a 17 year old kid getting slapped with a statutory rape conviction because his 16 year old girlfriend's Righteous Religious parents pressing charges when they find out Daddy's Little Girl is giving up the booty), because they end up being punished for the *rest* of their lives over it.

The overly religious/righteous, and politically motivated use this kind of thing to fuel discord to achieve their own ends, and it never seems to serve the public in any way other than simple lip service to use emotions as a vehicle to achieve their own ends.

Where will this kind of bs hippie nonsense end?

WeezulDK said,
Such thinking is morally superior democrat hippie nonsense.

It is because of thinking like that why we have so many loopholes in the law (here in the US) that let murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug dealers who give deadly poisons to people go free, instead of truly punishing those who break the law. It's thinking like that why we have so many issues with race, religion, politically correct garbage!!

As a race, humans have always had (until recently) one pretty universal truth: You kill someone, YOU die by the hands of the law or even the people as a whole. I have no problem with that, because I'm a realist. I don't harbor any fantasies that humans are "enlightened" or "evolved". We're not. Not by a long shot. If you think I'm wrong, open a newspaper, turn on the evening news, surf the internet, google "al Queda" and then try to come back to me with a straight face and tell me that humans are enlightened and evolved. We're still barbarians, we just have better technology than Conan.

The death penalty may not be a great deterrent, but it does ensure the public safety by making sure that the offender doesn't kill again, and provides closure for the peoplefamily damaged by the wrongful death. It also prevents the further victimization of the people by being forced to fund the care and feeding of those incarcerated when they should be put to death.

It is not murder to punish the wicked/guilty. It's called justice. It's called punishment. Justice is about balance, and the punishment should fit the crime.

Now as for this article, I think that it's a slippery slope here and the law should be struck down. You'll find that pretty soon, people will lose all privacy for a conviction on jaywalking, or parking in the handicapped zone.

I feel bad for those people that are wrongly labeled sex offenders (like a 17 year old kid getting slapped with a statutory rape conviction because his 16 year old girlfriend's Righteous Religious parents pressing charges when they find out Daddy's Little Girl is giving up the booty), because they end up being punished for the *rest* of their lives over it.

The overly religious/righteous, and politically motivated use this kind of thing to fuel discord to achieve their own ends, and it never seems to serve the public in any way other than simple lip service to use emotions as a vehicle to achieve their own ends.

Where will this kind of bs hippie nonsense end?


My God man. That almost brought a tear to my eye. Bravo.


WeezulDK said,
Such thinking is morally superior democrat hippie nonsense.

Generalizations make people look stupid.
It is because of thinking like that why we have so many loopholes in the law (here in the US) that let murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug dealers who give deadly poisons to people go free, instead of truly punishing those who break the law. It's thinking like that why we have so many issues with race, religion, politically correct garbage!!

No, because countries with death penalties still have these problems.
As a race, humans have always had (until recently) one pretty universal truth: You kill someone, YOU die by the hands of the law or even the people as a whole. I have no problem with that, because I'm a realist. I don't harbor any fantasies that humans are "enlightened" or "evolved". We're not. Not by a long shot.

But we can try to be.
If you think I'm wrong, open a newspaper, turn on the evening news, surf the internet, google "al Queda" and then try to come back to me with a straight face and tell me that humans are enlightened and evolved. We're still barbarians, we just have better technology than Conan.

So because Al Qaeda exists, we should become them?
The death penalty may not be a great deterrent, but it does ensure the public safety by making sure that the offender doesn't kill again, and provides closure for the peoplefamily damaged by the wrongful death.

No, see also "blood feud". The concept wouldn't even exist if people received closure from deaths. To the contrary, this is an ancient concept, because we're humans.
It is not murder to punish the wicked/guilty. It's called justice. It's called punishment. Justice is about balance, and the punishment should fit the crime.

What about punishment of death for the wrongfully convicted? Or do you assume our legal system is perfect? If imperfect, do you think it's acceptable that innocent people die because of your ideals?
Where will this kind of bs hippie nonsense end?

Again, generalizations make you look stupid.