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29,000 Sex Fiends On MySpace

Social networking site MySpace.com has found more than 29,000 registered US sex offenders with profiles on the site, according to North Carolina officials.
The figure is more than four times the number cited by the company two months ago.
North Carolina's Roy Cooper is one of several state attorneys general who recently demanded the News Corp-owned website provide data on how many registered sex offenders were using the site, along with information about where they live.
After initially withholding the information, citing federal privacy laws, MySpace began sharing the information in May after the states filed formal legal requests.
At the time, MySpace said it had already used a database it helped create to remove about 7,000 profiles of sex offenders, out of a total of about 180 million profiles on the site.
Two MySpace spokeswomen did not immediately return calls seeking comment today.
Cooper is pushing for legislation that would require children to receive parental permission before creating social networking profiles, and require the websites to enact procedures for verifying the parents' identity and age.

Herald Sun (25-7-2007)
Karen Collier

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