Maybe MySpace is Not So Evil?

MySpace is releasing the names of 7,000 suspected “users nationwide the company thinks are sex offenders.” (I talked about this topic earlier this month and raised the possibility that maybe political gamesmanship was afoot.  TechNewsWorld makes the case that thestate Attorneys General have been grandstandin.  The company, it says

has invested a significant amount of resources and technological effort to ensure that sex offenders can’t use MySpace to lure or harass anyone….MySpace, like any large Internet-based company with subscribers, has worked with attorneys general in the past through normal, legal channels — namely, through subpoenas… While MySpace was already working on developing a means of identifying and removing sex offenders from its service, the attorneys general were asking MySpace to provide information without a subpoena, which is essentially illegal under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

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