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Senate panel forwards MySpace registry bill despite industry concerns

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RALEIGH (AP) -- A Senate committee has given its blessing to a bill that would require youngsters in North Carolina to get their parents' permission before they create a profile on sites such as MySpace or Facebook.

The bill has the support of state Attorney General Roy Cooper.

But today, Web security consultants warned that the bill would make the Internet more dangerous by creating wolves in sheep's clothing on the sites.

Jeff Schmidt is a security expert based in Ohio. Schmidt says there's no way to verify the age of a minor online. He says that means predators would be able to create a fake profile as a minor and then grant themselves parental permission.

Supporters say it's important to enact some form of protection, then try to perfect it.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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