Criminal Law

NY Sex Offenders Don’t Have To Disclose Facebook Accounts To Law Enforcement

The question arose regarding Arthur Ellis, Jr., who was convicted of a sexual offense in 2011 in Essex County and was obligated to disclose that he had a Facebook account when he registered with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

People convicted of sexual offenses in New York will not have to disclose their status and will be permitted to use their Facebook accounts provided they don’t use a false name.

The New York State Supreme Court unanimously made the ruling after a man from Ticonderoga was charged for failing to disclose to state officials that he used the social media website. His case has since been dismissed.


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