UK.gov will force paedophiles to register email addresses
Can anyone spot a flaw in this law?
"Wacky" Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, will today unveil plans to jail paedophiles who supply police with false email details, or fail to declare new addresses they register.
The idea is already being labelled unworkable, but is set to form part of a suite of measures aimed at improving child safety online. The penalty for registered sex offenders who give dodgy details or lurk on social networking sites will be up to five years' jail time.
The new laws will come into force later this year, and will cover the 30,000 people on the sex offenders' register. They are already required to keep police updated with their physical address, travel plans and other details.
The plan is that sites popular with children, such as Bebo and MySpace, will have access to the list of paedophiles' email addresses and block attempts to sign up. The ready availability of anonymous email addresses from Gmail, Hotmail and dozens of other providers would seem to suggest that only the most stupid offender will be caught out by this.
Wacky Jacqui has form for demanding the moon on a stick from technology. Earlier this month she insisted that the ID card system will be impossible to hack because "none of the databases will be online". In January she blundered into the issue of online extremism, demonstrating a fairly fundamental misunderstanding of the structure of the internet. "Where there is illegal material on the net, I want it removed," she demanded.
Advance copies of the speech Smith will make today, sent to the press, said: "We have some of the strictest controls on sex offenders in the world to protect our children.
"We are working together with police, industry and charities to create a hostile environment for sex offenders on the internet, and are determined to make it as hard for predators to strike online as in the real world."
The announcements come in the wake of the Byron Review of technology's impact on children, published last week. It suggested new safety guidelines for websites and parents, which the government has adopted as policy. ®
Come on IT geeks, you're letting the side down!
I'm disappointed that there is no answer provided by the Register's so-called experts in all things IT.
Five days of hot air and bollocks in critisism of Jacqui Smith and her advisors. Once the ball was in your court you, collectively, had the chance to display your prowess.
A week later, not a murmur, bugger all, well done! (Cue distant church bell, whistling wind and tumble weed.)
Fade to black.
Whats the answer?
I find myself agreeing with Mr Popaduopolos, we cannot put the words paedophile and law abiding in the same sentence.
Surely and normal human will agree that paedophillia is a disgusting and illegal way of life.
The point being that Ms Smith is throwing ideas at the great British public on what she sees as a 'hot potato' and an item that will inflame us into agreeing with her.
Jamie made comment that he/she does not agree with the policy and that the easy solution would be to leave them in prison, not so easy i am afraid.
The police, the courts etc are tied to tariffs when sentencing all criminals, lots of burglars re offend when they come out of prison, the same is said for car thieves, rapists even murderers.
We cant leave them in prison eternally, the prisons are full already so where do we put all these offenders ?
Mr Popaduopolos and I agree that poking fun at, or even pointing the finger of gult at the governments efforts can be amusing, but what is the answer.
Rightly or wrongly Ms Smith is attempting to put some sort of control measure on this type of offender, personally i think tracking devices would assist and possibly stop offenders carrying out these offences.
Any decent persons (me included) would want more stringent and painful measures inflicted on these people, but in this day an age of the niclely niclely approach , something has to be done, answers on a postcard please !
What's the answer?
Clearly paedophiles do not abide by the laws of the land. Many of the contributors to this thread have criticised Ms Smith's advisors but what is the answer?
It is all very amusing to poke fun at the inadequacy or stupidity of the government’s efforts, but that doesn't help to prevent some adult raping or sexually abusing a baby or older child.