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May 15, 2007

MySpace Turns Down AGs on Sex Offender Data

MySpace has rebuffed several state Attorney Generals who had requested information on sex offenders registered with the site.  Rather than turn over the information, MySpace deleted the accounts of suspected sex offenders.  The site said that it would violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.  Short of calling that Act "quaint," Connecticut AG Richard Blumenthal heavily criticized the action, saying that MySpace was "concealing information vital to law enforcement with vague references to federal or state law."  He says their convictions are a matter of public record and their presence on MySpace is a threat to children. 

MySpace deleted the accounts as a matter of protecting its user base.  If Blumenthal is correct, he should sue MySpace for the information.  He can get a court order under the law ordering the disclosure.  How hard is that?  That's what prosecutors do in criminal cases.

Stories are in Forbes, Computerworld, and Business Week.

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