42 U.S. Code § 16915b - Checking system for social networking websites
(a) In general
(1) 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—
(A) shall not require or permit any social networking website to transmit Internet identifiers of its users to the operator of the system, and
(2) 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.
(b) Qualification for use of system
A social networking website seeking to use the system shall submit an application to the Attorney General which provides—
(5) a description of policies and procedures to ensure that—
(A) 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
(B) 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;
(6) 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
(c) Searches against the system
(1) 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.
(2) 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—
(3) Limitation on release of Internet identifiers
(A) 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.
(B) Additional limitations
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.
(C) 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.
(4) 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.
(5) Limitation on liability
(A) In general
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.
(B) 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—
(6) 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.
Source(Pub. L. 110–400, § 3,Oct. 13, 2008, 122 Stat. 4225.)
References in Text
This Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(2)(D), is Pub. L. 110–400, Oct. 13, 2008, 122 Stat. 4224, known as the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2008, and also known as the KIDS Act of 2008, which enacted this section and section 16915b of this title, amended section 16981 of this title, and enacted provisions set out as notes under sections 16901 and 16981 of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 2008 Amendment note set out under section 16901 of this title and Tables.
Section was enacted as part of the Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2008, also known as the KIDS Act of 2008, and not as part of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act which comprises this subchapter, or as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 which comprises this chapter.