The day before, a Louisiana bill forbidding registered sex offenders from using social networking sites was approved by a state House committee.
(A similar bill was signed into law in Illinois in 2009 and put on hold in California in 2011.) Late last month, Match.com, e Harmony and the Spark Networks signed a “joint statement of business principles” to attempt to screen out registered sex offenders.
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Katie, who shares Suri with ex-husband Tom Cruise, is reportedly dating Jamie, 49, although the couple are careful not to be pictured together when they arrive at events.
Constitutionally speaking, where can the line be drawn?
There are already strict restrictions placed on where sex offenders can live in the real-world — how far can we go in limiting their existence in the virtual realm?
First, to the legal concerns: The ACLU filed a lawsuit in response to an earlier version of the Louisiana law, which seemed to apply not only to social networking sites but to , claiming that it was “overbroad” and would infringe upon “free speech rights under the First Amendment.” It was already signed into law but was struck down in February on the grounds that it was unconstitutional.
OK, so banning sex offenders from accessing most sites on the Web is unconstitutional, but what about banning them in more limited ways?
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