A MySpace move in safety

MySpace signed a voluntary agreement with 49 attorney generals, excluding Texas, and top D.C. prosecutors, in an effort to take new steps and develop technologies that will protect children from sexual predators on the site, reports the New York Times.

MySpace signed a voluntary agreement with 49 attorneys general, excluding Texas, and top D.C. prosecutors, in an effort to take new steps and develop technologies that will protect children from sexual predators on the site, reports the New York Times. The agreement surpassed one in October between New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo and Facebook, said Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal, who announced the agreement with MySpace executive Ray Cooper at a news conference in Midtown Manhattan.

He said the most important new measure is creating a MySpace task force to find ways to verify ages and identities online. The task force will receive input from competing sites, child protection groups, and technology companies, and report back to the attorney generals quarterly.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Texas general who did not sign the agreement said it did not adequately address age verification.

The Financial Times, UK, reports that Hemanshu Nigam, MySpace's chief security officer, said he could make no such prediction about whether MySpace could implement new technology by year-end. Blumenthal acknowledged that the agreement did not have penalties and was not legally binding.

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