State Politicians Continue Meaningless Grandstanding Against MySpace
from the nice-try dept
For quite some time now, the press has had fun hyping up the supposed “threat” of MySpace, when the reality is that most kids recognize the risks involved in talking to strangers online and can handle themselves on a site like MySpace. Of course, that doesn’t stop politicians from grandstanding over the issue — even to the point of Connecticut’s Attorney General claiming that he has jurisdiction over the entire site because it can be viewed in the state. Well, that same Attorney General, along with the AGs of six other states are now demanding that MySpace hand over the names of sexual predators who are registered users of the site. This seems to assume that MySpace actually knows what convicted sex offenders are members of the site, which seems highly unlikely. It’s also not clear what the AGs would do with this data once they had it, but that probably doesn’t matter as much as making a big stand so they can make sure their re-election campaigns show they were standing up against online predators. That must be good for a few votes here or there — even if it has nothing to do with actually protecting children online.