MySpace, AGs come to terms over sex predator info

Eight state attorneys general and MySpace officials have hashed out an agreement by which the social networking site will hand over user information on some 7,000 convicted sex offenders, reports Reuters.Last week, MySpace said it had identified profiles for convicted sex offenders on MySpace but felt that confidentiality laws forbade the company from handing the info over to law enforcement.

Eight state attorneys general and MySpace officials have hashed out an agreement by which the social networking site will hand over user information on some 7,000 convicted sex offenders, reports Reuters.

Last week, MySpace said it had identified profiles for convicted sex offenders on MySpace but felt that confidentiality laws forbade the company from handing the info over to law enforcement.

The agreement takes into account a myriad of different state laws, said Fox Interactive general counsel Mike Angus. It's an intricate web of laws that we make sure we comply with ... We don't want these guys walking out on a technicality."

But some AGs want MySpace to do more than just turn over the information.

"While conveying this information to us is a good first step, MySpace needs to do more, including implementing an effective age verification system that will make the site considerably safer," Ohio AG Marc Dann said in a statement.

MySpace last year contracted with Sentinel Tech Holdings to develop the first national database of convicted sex offenders. MySpace uses the data to cross-reference against its own database of users and weed out predators.

Angus suggested that working with the states to filter out sex offenders. "We have zero tolerance for sex offenders," Angus said. "After spending a year meeting with AGs, we figured that if we were to move quickly, we had to build it ourselves."