E-MAIL BILL FOR OFFENDERS (Schumer, McCain proposal aims to rid social networking sites like MySpace.com of sexual predators)
Senators Charles Schumer and John McCain announced yesterday they will introduce legislationnext year that would force sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses with authorities, whichthe lawmakers say will aid in tracking offenders on social networking sites like MySpace.com. Underthe proposal, sex offenders would be required to register their active e-mail address with paroleor probation officers. Online companies, such as social networking sites, would check an e-mailaddress of a new member against the offender registry, which would reveal whether the member was asex offender. An offender caught using an unregistered e-mail account would be violating probationor parole terms and could be returned to prison. The legislation is expected to be introduced inJanuary.