Is this really the way we want to get it done? Relying on News Corp. and some databases? States Fault MySpace on Predator Issues
Some of the countryâ€™s top law enforcement officials are charging that the online social network MySpace has discovered thousands of known sex offenders using its service, but has failed to act on the information.
[…] In the letter, the officials asked MySpace to provide them with the number and names of sex offenders on MySpace, their addresses and a list of steps that the company has taken to alert law enforcement officials and other MySpace users.
â€œWe remain concerned about the design of your site, the failure to require parental permission, and the lack of safeguards necessary to protect our children,â€ the attorneys general wrote.
[…] Last December, MySpace announced that it would work to remove sexual predators from the site by working with Sentinel Tech Holdings, a database company based in Miami. MySpace said that it planned to run its membership rolls against Sentinelâ€™s Sentry database of known sex offenders.
MySpace said that it has spent the last five months testing the automated service.
In his statement, Mr. Nigam also reiterated MySpaceâ€™s support for state and federal laws that would require convicted sex offenders to register their e-mail addresses and instant messenger accounts with authorities. He said such a step would aid the company in keeping sex offenders off the service, which has 65 million monthly visitors, according to comScore Media Metrix.
Later: MySpace’s responds, essentially saying “we are not the police — show us a subpoena before we violate our users’ privacy” — MySpace Gives Details of Its Plan to Reveal Known Sex Offenders