Wednesday, September 13, 2017

S.O. registry even has to be made available to real estate purchases in some states



There is an interesting quirk in the way sex offender registries are handled, with Megan’s Law.    In Virginia, there is a tricky rule that realtors must disclose Megan’s law information to certain home purchasers, and it leads to a lot of convoluted advice to realtors. 

The law is designed to assist purchases with any concern about already stigmatized sex offenders in an area;  it does no pertain to the purchasers. 

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Some fear the "Backpage" bill could lead to almost universal requirement for age verification by most websites


Today, I posted a brief summary of an Ars Technica article by Tim Lee on my main “BillBoushka” blog about the possible effects of the bills in Congress to weaken Section 230 with regard to downsteam liability for sex trafficking ads.on some commercial websites, with less clarity of exposure for shared hosting services.

SiteLock had expressed concern about this in a private phone conversation with me last spring.

One speculative concern is the idea that websites that allow user logon to sell anything could be forced by future state laws to offer adult-id validation.  This was a fight we already had with COPA, with the decision finally reached in Philadelphia in 2007 to strike it down (I attended some of the testimony in October 2006 when I heard the judge make an interesting comment about “implicit content”).  

However VidAngel, itself controversial in terms of copyright issues, may have helped introduce technology to make adult screening more practical.