04 April 2008

UK - Sex offenders face website bans

It will become harder for adults to search for site users under 18. Sex offenders' e-mail addresses are to be passed to social networking sites like Facebook and Bebo to prevent them contacting children.Under government proposals, offenders who do not give police their address - or give a false one - would face up to five years in jail. Websites would be expected to monitor the e-mail address usage or block them accessing the sites. The Home Office said the new laws would apply to about 30,000 sex offenders. see also Internet safety plans 'pointless' (BBC)