New York’s e-STOP law has led to the removal of more than 24,000 accounts and online profiles linked to registered sex offenders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
Based on the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act, sex offenders have to register their email accounts, screen names and other Internet identifiers with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. That list is provided to more than two dozen social-networking companies each week, which use it to purge offenders.
Cuomo proposed the legislation when he was attorney general. The bill passed the Legislature in 2008 and was signed into law. There are mandatory Internet restrictions for all Level 3 sex offenders, offenders whose victims were younger than 18 and offenders who used the Internet to victimize a minor.
“e-STOP is one of the most effective Internet safety laws in the nation, directly responsible for keeping thousands of sex offenders off-line and away from our children,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I commend the social networking sites that have agreed to continually use our data to ensure the safety of their users.”
Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center, called Cuomo the “Sheriff of Cyberspace.
“As parents and lawmakers struggle to keep up with the dangers of an ever-expanding digital universe, Governor Cuomo has stepped in, passed an effective law, and kept the spotlight on Internet safety,” she said in a statement. “We applaud his successful efforts to expand provisions of Megan’s Law to the Internet.”