By Stephanie Brown, Attorney, and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
In an effort to deter sex offenders from further crimes and to monitor their computer activities, the State of Georgia passed a law that requires sex offenders to disclose their passwords for internet, e mails, and screen names to authorities. It is estimated that there are 16,000 registered sex offenders in the State of Georgia. Legislators, who approved the law, have taken the position that the law is for the protection of children. Opponents to the law state that it is a violation of the privacy rights of the sex offenders. We expect that the law will be challenged on privacy issues and will go before the Georgia appellate courts for review at some point in time in the future.
Laws that limits and monitor sex offenders may add some limited safeguard and protection for children. Of course, parental supervision of computer activities of their child is also vital for the child’s protection. You can read more about the Georgia leglislation at
Georgia Sex Offenders Must Disclose Internet Passwords.