MySpace Says It Won't Give Sex Offender Data To Attorneys

MySpace-dot-com says it won't comply with a request by attorneys general from North Carolina and seven other 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.

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.