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Scrutiny suspends websites’ dealings

A shadowy network of Arizona-based Internet companies that used public records to demand money from sex offenders and harass those who complained has imploded amid lawsuits, court hearings and new standards enacted by banks, social media and technology companies.

The websites, including Offendex.com, SORArchives and Sexoffenderrecord.com, in November stopped seeking payments from people in exchange for removing profiles, blaming the change on “many conflicts, threats, unreasonable requests and false accusations about this website.”

The move followed decisions by MasterCard, Visa, Discover and PayPal to stop processing transactions from what many describe as extortion websites. Google also changed its formula to prevent sites from using search-engine algorithms to increase viewership and monetize on public records such as police mugshots. Full Article

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These guys ruined my life! “Maricopa County Superior Court judge sets deadline to remove all posts about defendants “ Does this mean they have to remove my information?!?!? “Sex offenders are sometimes removed from state registries because their crimes have been reclassified and no longer are considered serious enough to require registration. Some offenders are required to register only with law enforcement, and their names would not appear on public registries.” This describes me!!! I was shocked when law enforcement told me I wasn’t on the states registry, but I was on this scum bags sites!!!!!!! “The websites advertised records… Read more »

I too am targeted by these websites. I was called a “convicted murderer” on the websites, which caused someone in my friends’ family to hunt me down using law enforcement and megans’ law to stalk and harrass me and my friend (her sister).

Because of this persons’ actions, i will have an arrest warrant out of state for failure to register, even though i did nothing illegal. I will never be able to return to the place i once called home.

I am a little confused… they suspended the extortion portion of their website (asking for money in exchange for deleting a profile from their list), but the web site itself is still up and running? And now everyone who is listed on that site with incorrect data, or those who should not be on a public web site, or those who are not even required to register will be so forever, as long as these guys pay for hosting and the domain name? Just without the option of paying for removal. Regardless, much appreciation for all who participate in ridding… Read more »

HI Joe:

I’m a little confused too!!! I’m trying to find out what this means for those of us here in Calif. Being Sunday means I may not make any progress till tomorrow. I’ve gone over all of my documents, but since the case was moved from here to AZ things have become a bit confused. The article seems a bit overwritten in a ambiguous kind of way; that is to say “it’s confusing!” I’ll update to this thread.

This is very punitive and harmful to registrants and their families. Wonder if these people can be identified and persued as they persue those on the registry both legally and illegally? In the ranks of those on the registry surely there are those that are computer and research capable. Sounds like a good way to organize and focus resources at these kind of problems and people.

Robert this is what is readily available over the net for a website mentioned below by td777 From Whois lookup we have: Name GODADDY.COM, LLC Whois Server whois.godaddy.com Referral URL http://registrar.godaddy.com Status clientDeleteProhibited, clientRenewProhibited, clientTransferProhibited, clientUpdateProhibited Important Dates Expires On November 01, 2016 Registered On March 16, 1996 Updated On December 14, 2012 Name Servers ns16.zoneedit.com 69.64.68.41 ns4.zoneedit.com 216.98.150.236 Site Status IP Address 206.82.193.198 Status active Server Type Apache/2.2.15 (CentOS) Traffic Info 54,7479,657 Alexa Trend/Rank One Month 74,14546,225 Alexa Trend/Rank Three Month 2.62.63% Page Views Per Visit One Month 2.70.4% Page Views Per Visit Three Month Raw Registrar Data Domain… Read more »

I remember back in the late 1990s some jerk started publishing Megan’s Law stuff on a Website, and the State of CA forced him to take it all down. Back then, the way to look that stuff up was to go to the police station with ID, etc. Thanks to that scumbag Nicole Parra and her circus of idiots in the CA legislature along with Governor Terminator, once the state started publishing this stuff online, all bets were off, and then sites like these had a field day. They don’t care whose lives they ruin – even if it’s innocent… Read more »

Before Google changed it’s algorithm, a search of my name would bring up no less than five results from these sites on the very first page. Now, it takes going through many pages to find any of them, except for one…Homefacts.com, which is a cover for the same type of extortion site and is on the second page with a mugshot on the first page. Someone needs to go after them as well!

I think it was Loder I was thinking of. Quoted from Kilgore v. Younger, 30 Cal. 3d 770, but I’m not a lawyer and it may not be right on point. See Penal Code sections 11075- 11081, 11105, 11140- 11144; ante, at pages 785-787, footnotes 2, 3 and 4. As this court noted in Loder v. Municipal Court (1976) 17 Cal.3d 859, 872-874 [132 Cal.Rptr. 464, 553 P.2d 624], these statutes were intended to control improper dissemination of criminal records. Also, they make criminal any unlawful disclosures. (See Pen. Code, §§ 11141- 11143.) As this court acknowledged in White v.… Read more »

Doesn’t Sentinel of Miami, makers of software used by MySpace and Facebook (Sentinel SAFE) whose CEO in 2009 was former NYC police office John Cardillo, fall into the same category… Unlawful use of the registry information?

Should not this company also be told to stay away from the registry information and should not the sites be ordered to block the software from accessing the registry sites?

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