Hot off the MySpace Press

Just this week, MySpace issued news about deploying a technology solution to identify and block convicted sex offenders within the next 30 days.

Once again, Anick Jesdanun of the Associated Press, covers the MySpace age verification issue in this article published yesterday. You can read what Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has to say about it as well, which basically boils down to believing this effort is ineffective in the absence of an age and identity verification system.

Thanks Blumenthal. I couldn’t agree more. It’s very evident that an age verification system is needed to support the efforts social networks are making.

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Filed under Age Verification, Identity verification, MySpace, social networking

One response to “Hot off the MySpace Press

  1. The sad thing is that the solution is already out there. iamdentity, a UK based technology company have implemented a myRules engine into their services.

    The idea behind iamdentity is for people to have a single online profile which the manage in a central location. 3rd Party vendors (like mySpace etc) then requests the information from our database (obviously with the user’s conscent).

    There is also a myRules engine (http://www.iamdentity.com/verification_service.html) whereby the user gets verified by age, country, address or even on an individual basis.

    It makes it quite difficult for people to “fake” their identity then because iamdentity does a thorough user verification. The verification only needs to be done once.

    This takes the burdon of data verification and protection away from the vendor and gives the user complete control over their online profile (they choose who can see their data etc).

    Have a look at http://www.iamdentity.com and decide for yourselves whether this is the solution the world has been waiting for.

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