Online predators targeted with four-pronged attack
? New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and other law enforcement officials announced a measure Monday that is designed to stop online predators in their tracks.
The proposed law is called the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act, or E-STOP. It is a four-pronged attack that law enforcement representatives hope will keep kids safe while they?re online.
First, E-STOP would ban convicted sex offenders from using social networking sites, such as MySpace or Facebook, or pornography sites. Secondly, it would compile the e-mail addresses and screen names of convicted sex offenders.
The third step calls for those e-mail addresses and screen names to be supplied to social networking sites. Finally, social networking sites would compare that information to users logging on and using their services. If they uncover sex offenders on their sites, they must contact police.
If convicted sex offenders are found using a social networking site or changing their e-mail addresses, they could be charged with a felony.
Cuomo says E-STOP is a Megan?s Law for the 21st century. He says the Internet is the new playground for children, and law enforcement officials must keep it safe.
The measure is heading to the state Senate this week where it is expected to be passed. To watch Cuomo's news conference on the legislation, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.