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NY AG Boots Sex Offenders from Online Gaming

The state of New York’s attorney general has reportedly removed 2,100 registered sex offenders from several online gaming platforms as part of its “Operation: Game Over.” Eric T. Schneiderman, the state’s attorney general, reportedly worked with Gaia Online, NCSOFT Corporation, FunCon,  THQ, and Sony. Earlier this year, 3,500 additional offenders were removed from gaming platforms operated by Microsoft, Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive Media Group, and Warner Brothers. That state’s Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) law requires convicted sex offenders to register all of their email addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state. The information is shared with specific websites to ensure they are not used by predators. This is the first time the state’s e-STOP has been applied to online gaming platforms. There have been several reports of the text and video chat functions found on these gaming sites being successfully used by predators. “The Internet is the crime scene of the 21st century, and we must ensure that online video game platforms do not become a digital playground for dangerous predators,” Schneiderman said in a released statement. (BBC)(PC Mag)(New York State Office of the Attorney General)

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