Sex offenders could be forced to register their e-mail addresses and chatroom names, the government says.
Home Secretary John Reid said he was considering making paedophiles include details of their online identities on the Sex Offenders Register.
Mechanisms would be set up to “flag up” approaches by them to sites popular among youngsters, he told the BBC.
Failure to divulge all the information required could lead to a jail term of up to five years.
The home secretary also wants to look at whether it is technologically feasible to set up a system where if someone enters a chatroom with an identity that was already listed on the register, it would `ping’ an alert on the relevant people’s computers, enabling them to take appropriate action.
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