MySpace stands firm on paedophile data pressure
You got a search warrant?
MySpace has refused to act on demands from eight US states that it hand over user data which they say will help catch predatory paedophiles.
Citing federal privacy laws, MySpace said the attorneys general who made the demand had not followed proper legal process. Security chief Hemanshu Nigam told AP: "We're truly disheartened that the attorney generals chose to send out a letter...when there was an existing legal process that could have been followed."
In the letter on Monday, North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania asked MySpace to provide information about registered sex offenders who use the site.
MySpace's legal department said a letter won't cut it, and under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act the attorney generals need to pony up with subpoenas, court orders, or search warrants if they want data.
Nigam said a recent trawl meant MySpace had "removed every registered sex offender that we identified out of our more than 175 million profiles". In December, it hired Sentinel Tech Holding to track its sex offender users, after a run of bad press over incidents involving the site.
"Everybody needs to get together and delete online predators," Nigam said. "The attorneys general's concerns and our concerns are exactly the same." ®
Definition of a sex offender
According to the law, you can be a sex offender if you slept with a girl aged 15 years and 11 months whom you met in an over-18s-only nightclub.
You can also be a sex offender if you got caught taking a leak in an alleyway at night while all the public toilets were locked up.
And if you have ever received junk mail addressed to a former occupant of your home, or been refused credit because of the actions of a former occupant, you'll know why it's a bad idea to make lists of names and addresses of sex offenders available.
Whoa hold on, what the preivous poste was saying is that to many parents have adbocated thier duty to protect thier kids.
you want a simple and effective way to p[roctect your kids from online preditors??
Dont let them have a computer in thier own room.
Have it out in the open were you can see what thier are doing. buy soft ware to block sites. Yes actualy monitor what your kids do.
If you are depending on the cops to ask my space to violate federal law to protect your kids then we got a problem. Yes that what this issue comes down to,
I've seen to many kids in the public system that are introuble cause momy wont deal with timmy. Coulimbine any one ??
the problem is...
They are now putting some many people on sex offenders register that simply are young people having sex with other young people of approximately the same age, and in my honest opinion unless the circumstances are extraordinary they do not deserve to be classed as a sex offender, but of course we do seem to have witch hunts going on nowadays...