The KIDS Act

Proposal requires sex offenders to list e-mail, IM:

First there was DOPA, then Ted “Tubes” Stevens introduced the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. Now we have yet another legislative proposal designed in the name of “keeping children safe” but really doesn’t do anything of the sort. Rep. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota has proposed the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act or KIDS Act, because as we all know no proposal if effective unless it has a catchy acronym to go along with it. If passed the law would require just about any website that has users to cross reference their user information with lists of registered sex offenders. In theory that sounds like a great idea but then again so did Communism. Of course nothing stops an SO from using a fake e-mail address or the ones that haven’t been caught yet. Again just more legislation designed to get votes but has no application in the real world.