MySpace: Govt. Officials Want Sex Offender Info

Posted May 15, 2007

There are clearly sex offenders lurking around MySpace and government officials from 8 different states want to know who they are, where they live, and the names. 

“The fact that MySpace failed to come forward immediately with this information is really staggering,” stated Richard Blumenthal, the attorney general of Connecticut.  While the government officials requested action to be taken by May 29, MySpace responded by saying that they are already proactively deleting accounts.

MySpace started working with Sentinel Tech Holding Corporation in December 2006 to implement “Sentinel Safe” technology to match databases of sex offenders with users on MySpace. 

In a press release, MySpace’s Chief Security Officer, Hemanshu Nigam stated: “We are committed to keeping sex offenders off MySpace. Sentinel Safe will allow us to aggregate all publicly available sex offender databases into a real-time searchable form, making it easy to cross-reference and remove known registered sex offenders from the MySpace community. The creation of this first-of-its-kind real-time searchable database technology is a significant step to keep our members as safe as possible. [Source: SentryWeb Press Release].”

There are really two perspectives on the state government reaction.  This could be a violation of privacy or the initiative could really be for the good of the community.  I do not exactly believe in permanently stapling judgment on people based on past actions.  For example, the Statsaholic founder, Hornbaker has a dark past but was doing it for the sake of his family.  At the same time, I do not feel empathetic for cyber-criminals.  Its definetely tough to take a stance on issues like this.