MySpace agrees to share sex offender data with states

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says that his office plans to subpoena records from MySpace-dot-com.

The social networking Web site says today (Monday) that it will release data on registered sex offenders it has identified and removed from the popular site.

The company, citing federal privacy laws, initially rebuffed a demand attorneys general in eight states, including Mississippi, who last week asked for data on how many registered sex offenders are using the site and where they live.

MySpace agreed Monday to provide the information to all states after some members of the group filed subpoenas or took other legal actions to demand it.

The company said last week such efforts were required under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act before it could legally release the data.

Hood says that using subpoenaed records, prosecutors might find messages posted by sex offenders to try to illegally entice children into meetings.

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