|The New York state authorities have received a direction to prevent about 3,000 registered sex offenders now on parole from playing the most popular game at the moment, in order to safeguard children who play. So far, this is a condition of supervised release from prison for all sex offenders, and state officials recommend county probation offices to adopt the same policy.
Besides, the New York governor has sent a letter to the software developer Niantic asking for help in prohibiting sexual predators from playing the online game. The local law requires registered sex offenders to keep relevant home addresses, email accounts, screen names and other cyber identifiers with the division of criminal justice services. This information is shared with about 40 social media businesses, and the division has contacted Niantic in an effort to work with that company. The division of criminal justice services has sent over 52,000 records related to 18,544 sex offenders over the past 8 years, records that have been used to remove names from social media services.
The law enforcement agencies also proposed requiring game manufacturers take steps to ensure the Pokémons don’t pop up near offenders’ homes. As you may know, Pokémon Go attracted 21m active users in the Unites States within less than 2 weeks since its launch, which immediately caused warnings about certain hazards. It is believed that predators may abuse a feature of the game that allows users to lure characters or players for a fee to specific locations. For instance, the game has already been blamed for an illegal crossing of the border between Canada and the US, caused questions over privacy concerns, and led to a number of robberies and injures.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
|How is this different than any games, sites, gatherings where the main audience are children?||
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