The Texas House of Representatives are considering a bill that would require registered sex offenders to give their secondary online identities up to local authorities.
Law HB 22 defines online gaming communities as Xbox Live, PlayStation Home, and Second Life, and has passed through committee and is onto the House floor.
In a more stern construal of the law, sex offenders may be barred from Xbox Live and elsewhere entirely because the bill curbs offenders from “using the Internet to access commercial social networking sites” altogether.
We’ve all heard stories, we know the real-life dangers and it is all because the online gaming community is an increasingly social venue and one that works in eerie total anonymity.
Good onya Texas for taking a bold first step in combating a tough issue.