TechCrunch article Google is partnering with Twitter and Yahoo to create a searchable database of sex offender records, with the aim of “making it easier for law enforcement to find and prosecute criminals.”
The database, which Google acquired from Yahoo in June, has already provided police with names, photos, dates of arrest, and addresses of alleged offenders.
The service also provides information on child porn, but this time the data will be tied to a specific database.
The news comes amid a spate of arrests for child sex crimes and related offenses, including cases of sexual assault and harassment.
The database will be accessible to the public via the Google search interface, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai promising that it will be a “full-featured search engine” that will “provide the best possible data for law-enforcement, and the media as well.”
While it’s unclear if the search engine will be integrated into Google’s existing criminal databases, it’s a big step forward for a company that has long been criticized for its reluctance to engage in data-sharing with law enforcement.
Google has previously denied sharing the names of people who have been convicted of sex crimes with law-makers and others.
It also has an “adult search” feature, which has a long history of being used by companies like Facebook to track users and to identify people who are likely to be involved in sexual activity.
The company also previously refused to reveal the names and locations of individuals it has arrested.