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MySpace says it won't give sex offender data to attorneys general

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RALEIGH (AP) -- MySpace.com says it won't comply with a request by attorneys general from eight states to hand over the names of registered sex offenders who use their Web site.

MySpace's chief security officer says a federal privacy law prohibits the Web site from sharing such information.

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act says certain legal processes -- such as a subpoena -- must be used to get certain personal information from Web sites. MySpace says it's happy to turn over information to law enforcement about sex offenders if it's done in a legal way.

Software to identify and remove sex offenders from the site has been used for 12 days, and MySpace says it's removed every registered sex offender it identified out of more than 175 profiles.

Attorneys general from North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania asked MySpace to provide the number of registered sex offenders using the site and where they live.

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

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