State officials recommended that county probation offices adopt the same policy. New York law requires registered sex offenders to keep current home addresses, s, screen names and other internet identifiers with the division of criminal justice services, which maintains the publicly accessible online registry. The division shares that information with about 40 social media businesses and has contacted Niantic in an effort to work with that company, spokeswoman Janine Kava said.
The state senator Jeff Klein, a Democrat who raised similar concerns last week, said New York already prohibited high-level offenders on parole from using social media.
The game attracted 21 million active US users within less than two weeks of its launch in July, leading to warnings about certain hazards. A feature of the game that allows users to lure characters or players for a fee to specific locations appears to have the potential to be abused by predators, Cuomo said.
The game may also pose special risks to children as it encourages players to explore physical locations to win points. On its website, Niantic says users must comply with age restrictions and applicable laws to play its games. This article is more than 4 years old.
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