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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) today released the following statement commending the unanimous Senate passage last night of S. 431, the “Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual-Predators Act of 2007,” otherwise known as the KIDS Act. 

The legislation, introduced by Senators Schumer and McCain, would require convicted sex offenders to register their email addresses and Internet information with law enforcement, enabling web sites to actively track and expel child predators from their sites.  The bill would make it a crime for any person 18 years or older to knowingly misrepresent his or her age with the intent of using the Internet to engage in criminal sexual conduct involving a minor.  The bill also makes clarifying changes to existing law, following recent court decisions overturning convictions of distributors and possessors of child pornography.

“I am pleased the Senate passed the KIDS Act to help assist parents in protecting children from sexual predators online,” said Senator McCain.  “The Internet is likely the greatest invention of the 21st century; however, it has also brought ready access to millions of children to would be sexual predators.  The fight to protect our children from exploitation has moved from the playground to the Internet and we must update our laws to reflect this terrible reality.”

“By adopting this legislation, Congress can provide websites with the tools to develop innovative solutions to protect children and law enforcement with the necessary authority to convict sex offenders,” said McCain.  “This bill will also assist U.S. Attorneys in prosecuting crimes involving child pornography and ensure that those who use the Internet to prey on children by pretending to be a child are kept off the streets and off the Internet.  I hope the House will act on this important legislation as soon as possible.”

The KIDS Act is endorsed by MySpace, Facebook, Microsoft, and the American Family Association.