State legislators are falling all over themselves to pass bills requiring registered sex offenders to cough up their email addresses, and MySpace, for once, is giving its blessing to the bills, reports MSNBC.
Virginia, Arizona and Kentucky already have laws on the books requiring sex offenders to provide law enforcement with their email addresses, as well as their home addresses. And a dozen more states are following suit.
"Megan's Law is based on keeping track of where sex offenders reside. So it makes sense to track their location in cyberspace," said Connecticut House Speaker James Amann. "The Internet represents a new frontier of sex predators."
Although MySpace has balked at giving out information to law enforcement in the past, the popular social networking site seems to be changing its tune.
"Our laws need to change with the times," said the company's chief security officer, Hemanshu Nigam. "We can no longer unwittingly provide an advantage to predators online."
So far, MySpace has removed 7,000 registered sex offenders' profiles from its site after hiring a software company to identify them.
"Mandatory sex offender e-mail registration legislation would significantly expedite this process and help keep sex offenders off our sites," Nigam said.