August 26, 2016

Sex offenders would have to disclose email addresses and usernames under bill sent to governor

8-26-16 California:

Sex offenders would be required to report their email addresses, usernames and other Internet identifiers to law enforcement under a bill California state senators sent to the governor Wednesday.

The bill, SB 448, would amend parts of California law enacted when voters passed anti sex-trafficking law Proposition 35 that have since been challenged in court. The bill now goes to the governor.

SB 448 would apply to offenders convicted on or after Jan. 1, 2017 who used the Internet to carry out sex crimes.

Proposition 35 passed by statewide ballot in 2012 with more than 80 percent of the vote. It increased punishments for human traffickers and expanded the definition of human trafficking to include the creation and distribution of child pornography.

In 2014, a federal court sided with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had challenged that parts of Prop. 35 violated sex offenders’ constitutional rights. The judge in the case gave California until the end of this year to fix flaws the court found in the law. ..Source.. by LATimes

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