New York First State to Ban Registered Sex Offenders From Playing Pokémon GO

Recommended Videos

After concerns were raised about Pokémon appearing near the homes of registered sex offenders convicted of sex crimes involving children or child pornography, New York has become the first state in the country to ban sex offenders from playing Pokémon GO.

Two New York lawmakers, State Senators Diane Savino (D-S.I.) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx), have worked hard to get legislation passed that would restrict the game from attracting players to areas within 100 feet of a convicted sex offender’s home. As part of a study they did, they sent staff to over 100 homes of sex offenders. They discovered that Pokémon appeared near the homes 57 percent of the time, and that this figure jumps to 73 percent when PokéStops and Pokémon gyms were included.

Now, according to The Daily Dot, “the Department of Criminal Justice Services will begin working with Apple and Google, which operate the mobile platforms and app stores where Pokémon Go is available for download, “enhance user safety,” according to Cuomo’s office. Cuomo also called for greater data sharing with app developers.”

The new legislation applies not only to Pokémon GO, but to all GPS-oriented games, in the interest of both preventing children from getting too close while having fun in augmented reality, and preventing sex offenders from playing the game and using it as a way to manipulate children into their vicinity.

What do you think? Should other states be following suit? Let us know in the comments below!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—

Follow The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google+.


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article We Just Got Our First Look At ‘Hades II’ Gameplay and by Olympus, It’s Stunning
Melinoë from Hades II and Zagreus from Hades
Read Article ‘Hades II’s Protagonist Has a Hell of a Backstory
Melinoe fighting Hecate from Hades 2 trailer
Read Article The Biggest ‘Invincible’ Project Yet Is Gathering Strength as We Speak
Allen, Invincible, and Immortal in 'Invincible'
Read Article Hutts, Pykes, Crimson Dawn: Every Character Set To Appear in ‘Star Wars Outlaws’
Promotional art for 'Star Wars Outlaws'
Read Article The Best ‘Fallout’ Games, Ranked
"The Art of Fallout 4" book cover. (Image: Bethesda Softworks.)
Related Content
Read Article We Just Got Our First Look At ‘Hades II’ Gameplay and by Olympus, It’s Stunning
Melinoë from Hades II and Zagreus from Hades
Read Article ‘Hades II’s Protagonist Has a Hell of a Backstory
Melinoe fighting Hecate from Hades 2 trailer
Read Article The Biggest ‘Invincible’ Project Yet Is Gathering Strength as We Speak
Allen, Invincible, and Immortal in 'Invincible'
Read Article Hutts, Pykes, Crimson Dawn: Every Character Set To Appear in ‘Star Wars Outlaws’
Promotional art for 'Star Wars Outlaws'
Read Article The Best ‘Fallout’ Games, Ranked
"The Art of Fallout 4" book cover. (Image: Bethesda Softworks.)
Author
Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.