MySpace agrees to turn over sex-offender info

May 21, 2007

Atlanta --  In a press release issued today, Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said that his office will get information about sex offenders that Baker says may be "trolling MySpace looking for victims."

The release said that the data obtained from MySpace can be used to look for potential probation or parole violations by offenders who may be barred from using a computer or contacting minors.

"Today's decision by MySpace clears the way for law enforcement, both here in Georgia and around the nation, to target Internet predators who use the appeal of social networking sites to search for potential victims," Baker stated in his press release.

Baker said that MySpace has deleted the sex offenders from its site, but has preserved information about them and will provide it to the attorneys general who asked MySpace for the information.

MySpace will continue to search its site for registered sex offenders, and will give the states information about all offenders found on its site including their email and IP addresses.

The fact that many sex offenders have used MySpace underscores how dangerous social networking sites can be for children, according to Baker.  In 2006 alone, the media reported almost 100 criminal incidents across the country involving adults who used MySpace to prey or to attempt to prey on children.  The nation's Attorneys General remain concerned about other sex offenders who may be on the site using an alias and misrepresenting their age.