Due to legal demands from state attorneys general, MySpace will release data on registered sex offenders it has identified and removed its site. MySpace had initially rebuffed a demand from the North Carolina Attorney General and colleagues in seven other states. Now, MySpace has agreed to provide the information to all states after some members of the group filed subpoenas or took other legal actions to demand it.
"Different states are going about it different ways," said Noelle Talley, spokeswoman for Cooper, who filed a "civil investigative demand" for the information.
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal used a subpoena that "compels this information right away — within hours, not weeks, without delay — because it is vital to protecting children," he said.
"Many of these sex offenders may have violated their parole or probation by contacting or soliciting children on MySpace," Blumenthal said.
MySpace obtained the data from Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., which the company partnered with in December to build a database with information on sex offenders in the United States.
"We developed 'Sentinel Safe' from scratch because there was no means to weed them out and get them off of our site," said Mike Angus, MySpace's executive vice president and general counsel.
Angus said the company, owned by media conglomerate News Corp., had always planned to share information on sex offenders it identified and has already removed about 7,000 profiles, out of a total of about 180 million.
"This is no different than an offline community," he said. "We're trying to keep it safe."
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Source: The Seattle Times