Saturday, December 8, 2012

New app checks friend requests for registered sex offenders. Really?


12-7: The only way this App can check w/the NASOR Registry is if they has a contract w/the US DOJ. See the Kids Act. Do they?

UPDATE 12-8: They are NOT checking to NASOR as they claim.

See their FAQ: "How Current is Your Data? The data hosted on our site is compiled from many thousands of different public record sources. From government agencies to local and state offices & court houses, opt-in databases, and other public data. Due to the large scope of sources, we are limited to when those entities release updates. However because they do not release updates all at the same time, we are constantly updating our databases individually." This immediately brings into question those "thousands of different public record sources.

AND they charge for searches: "Is there any membership or monthly fees? No, none! You are only charged for the searches you run.

How can I pay for your searches?
We offer two options when it comes to paying for your searches. You can pay as you go, and only pay for a search when you do a search, or you can purchase credits.

Why would I decide to purchase credits?
We have created a credit system so that users who intend to do multiple searches can pre-purchase credits at a discounted rate and to streamline your user experience.

12-7-2012 National:

Who’s asking to be your friend on Facebook?

It’s a concern for many people who use the popular social media website. It’s a bigger fear for parents whose children communicate online.

The wide spread concern struck a chord for New York resident Joe Penora. He launched an Android app and mobile website in March called Friend Verifier.

The app allows Facebook users to cross check friend requests against the national sex offender registry.

The app is accessible on mobile phones, tablets and the XBOX 360.

While the app has received good reviews, it’s also been criticized for accuracy. Until recently, the app could only crosscheck names on the sex offender registry, which resulted in several false identifications.

This week, the app was re-launched with a color coded system, that uses birth dates and locations to verify accuracy.

“You just click on that person’s name and you can see their sex offender information,” Penora says.

Ross Garrett, co-founder of, a Richmond based company that creates apps, says users should still use caution.

“You could get accurate information, you might not get accurate information, that’s the gamble you take.” Garrett says.

Garrett says Apple is more selective than Android when approving apps. He recommends that users confirm their findings by checking government websites or individual state sex offender registries.

“Do research yourself,” Garrett advises.

Penora says 98% of the feedback he’s received from Friend Verifier users has been positive

A request to Apple, so users can download the app on their iPhones, is currently being reviewed by the company. Apple receives 26,000 app submissions weekly.

Penora says he’s confident the app can provide families with an extra safeguard when it comes to accepting friends online. ..Source.. by