One Hundred Tenth Congress of the United States of America
Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday, the third day of January, two thousand and eight
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
To require convicted sex offenders to register online identifiers, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual
Predators Act of 2008 or the
KIDS Act of 2008.
Direction to the Attorney General
Requirement that sex offenders provide certain Internet related information to sex offender registries
The Attorney General, using the authority provided in section 114(a)(7) of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, shall require that each sex offender provide to the sex offender registry those Internet identifiers the sex offender uses or will use of any type that the Attorney General determines to be appropriate under that Act. These records of Internet identifiers shall be subject to the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) to the same extent as the other records in the National Sex Offender Registry.
Timeliness of reporting of information
The Attorney General, using the authority provided in section 112(b) of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, shall specify the time and manner for keeping current information required to be provided under this section.
Nondisclosure to general public
The Attorney General, using the authority provided in section 118(b)(4) of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, shall exempt from disclosure all information provided by a sex offender under subsection (a).
Notice to sex offenders of new requirements
The Attorney General shall ensure that procedures are in place to notify each sex offender of changes in requirements that apply to that sex offender as a result of the implementation of this section.
used in this Act, the term
social networking website—
means an Internet website—
that allows users, through the creation of web pages or profiles or by other means, to provide information about themselves that is available to the public or to other users; and
that offers a mechanism for communication with other users where such users are likely to include a substantial number of minors; and
whose primary purpose is to facilitate online social interactions; and
includes any contractors or agents used by the website to act on behalf of the website in carrying out the purposes of this Act.
As used in this Act, the term
Internet identifiers means electronic mail addresses and other
designations used for self-identification or routing in Internet communication
A term defined for the purposes of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act has the same meaning in this Act.
Checking system for social networking websites
Secure system for comparisons
The Attorney General shall establish and maintain a secure system that permits social networking websites to compare the information contained in the National Sex Offender Registry with the Internet identifiers of users of the social networking websites, and view only those Internet identifiers that match. The system—
shall not require or permit any social networking website to transmit Internet identifiers of its users to the operator of the system, and
shall use secure procedures that preserve the secrecy of the information made available by the Attorney General, including protection measures that render the Internet identifiers and other data elements indecipherable.
Provision of information relating to identity
Upon receiving a matched Internet identifier, the social networking website may make a request of the Attorney General for, and the Attorney General shall provide promptly, information related to the identity of the individual that has registered the matched Internet identifier. This information is limited to the name, sex, resident address, photograph, and physical description.
Qualification for use of system
A social networking website seeking to use the system shall submit an application to the Attorney General which provides—
the name and legal status of the website;
the contact information for the website;
a description of the nature and operations of the website;
a statement explaining why the website seeks to use the system;
a description of policies and procedures to ensure that—
any individual who is denied access to that website on the basis of information obtained through the system is promptly notified of the basis for the denial and has the ability to challenge the denial of access; and
if the social networking website finds that information is inaccurate, incomplete, or cannot be verified, the site immediately notifies the appropriate State registry and the Department of Justice, so that they may delete or correct that information in the respective State and national databases;
the identity and address of, and contact information for, any contractor that will be used by the social networking website to use the system; and
such other information or attestations as the Attorney General may require to ensure that the website will use the system—
to protect the safety of the users of such website; and
for the limited purpose of making the automated comparison described in subsection (a).
Searches against the system
Frequency of use of the system
A social networking website approved by the Attorney General to use the system may conduct searches under the system as frequently as the Attorney General may allow.
Authority of Attorney General to suspend use
The Attorney General may deny, suspend, or terminate use of the system by a social networking website that—
provides false information in its application for use of the system;
may be using or seeks to use the system for any unlawful or improper purpose;
fails to comply with the procedures required under subsection (b)(5); or
uses information obtained from the system in any way that is inconsistent with the purposes of this Act.
Limitation on release of internet identifiers
No public release
Neither the Attorney General nor a social networking website approved to use the system may release to the public any list of the Internet identifiers of sex offenders contained in the system.
The Attorney General shall limit the release of information obtained through the use of the system established under subsection (a) by social networking websites approved to use such system.
Strict adherence to limitation
The use of the system established under subsection (a) by a social networking website shall be conditioned on the website's agreement to observe the limitations required under this paragraph.
Rule of construction
This subsection shall not be construed to limit the authority of the Attorney General under any other provision of law to conduct or to allow searches or checks against sex offender registration information.
Payment of fee
A social networking website approved to use the system shall pay any fee established by the Attorney General for use of the system.
Limitation on Liability
A civil claim against a social networking website, including any director, officer, employee, parent, contractor, or agent of that social networking website, arising from the use by such website of the National Sex Offender Registry, may not be brought in any Federal or State court.
Intentional, reckless, or other misconduct
Subparagraph (A) does not apply to a claim if the social networking website, or a director, officer, employee, parent, contractor, or agent of that social networking website—
engaged in intentional misconduct; or
acted, or failed to act—
with actual malice;
with reckless disregard to a substantial risk of causing injury without legal justification; or
for a purpose unrelated to the performance of any responsibility or function described in paragraph (3).
A social networking website shall minimize the number of employees that are provided access to the Internet identifiers for which a match has been found through the system.
Rule of construction
Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any Internet website, including a social networking website, to use the system, and no Federal or State liability, or any other actionable adverse consequence, shall be imposed on such website based on its decision not to do so.
Modification of minimum standards required for electronic monitoring units used in sexual offender monitoring pilot program
Subparagraph (C) of section 621(a)(1) of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (42 U.S.C. 16981(a)(1)) is amended to read as follows:
The electronic monitoring units used in the pilot program shall at a minimum—
provide a tracking device for each offender that contains a central processing unit with global positioning system; and
permit continuous monitoring of offenders 24 hours a day.
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to grants provided on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate