Friday, June 22, 2007

MySpace Sex Offender Lists - Avoiding Confusion

I received a call from somebody who shares a name with a sex offender listed by the Michigan Attorney General's office as having a MySpace account. He told me that he had called the AG's office and asked that they include information, such as age, location of residence, or a link to the offender's listing in the sex offender registry, which would reduce or eliminate any possible confusion. He was rebuffed.

Personally, I believe that at a minimum the AG's office should incorporate a disclaimer reminding people that listed names may not be unique, and that they should check the registry to identify the specific individual named. I think it is quite reasonable that they add additional identifying information, and links to the sex offender registry.

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