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This innovative new approach to law enforcement is not confined to the UK. Similar laws are being introduced into the US, including a bill introduced by by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at the end of last year. It demands the same kind of registration. His law, titled "Stop the Online Exploitation of Our Children Act," requires sex offenders to register e-mail addresses, IM names, and chat room handles. Failure to do so could result in a 10-year jail term.
Now, I wouldn’t go as far as some commentators and call the UK plan and complete and utter waste of money, worse than useless (because it engenders an entirely false sense of security) and profoundly stupid (since it would take a pervert 5 seconds to get a new e-mail address). But I do to say that our Members of Parliament (MPs) have form here. A while back, the head of the all-party IT group suggested that a way to stop spam would be to require all internet users to have their postcode as as part of their e-mail addresses. Then, if they someone sends you spam, you’ll know (roughly) where they live. Warning: I am not making this up.
Can I be the first to suggest than we combine these two brilliant plans into one instead of developing a well-developed and workable model for national identity management? Why not get perverts to have e-mail addresses that include the word "pervert" and their post code. Thus, if you get a message from john.doe.PERVERT@sw11aa.co.uk, you can not only report the sender to the police immediately but they will know where to go and look for him.
How on Earth can we ever get these people to understand either the real issues around 21st century identity or the range of solutions that technology can make available, if their understanding of the problem space is so bad that it’s not even wrong.
My opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public.
[posted with ecto]