MySpace Partners with Sentinel Building New Technology to Protect Its Members from Online Dangers
Leading Lifestyle Portal Will Use New Technology “Sentinel Safe” to Proactively Identify and Block Registered Sex Offenders from MySpace
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MySpace.com, the leading social networking and lifestyle portal, and Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., the leading online identity and background verification company, announced today a joint effort to build Sentinel Safe, a technology that will allow the company to block convicted sex offenders from accessing the popular website. Through this landmark partnership, MySpace will be able to search existing state and federal databases to identify and delete the profiles of registered sex offenders.
“We are committed to keeping sex offenders off MySpace”
“We are committed to keeping sex offenders off MySpace,” said MySpace’s Chief Security Officer, Hemanshu Nigam. “Sentinel Safe will allow us to aggregate all publicly available sex offender databases into a real-time searchable form, making it easy to cross-reference and remove known registered sex offenders from the MySpace community. The creation of this first-of-its-kind real-time searchable database technology is a significant step to keep our members as safe as possible.”
Through the partnership, Sentinel will build the first national, real-time, searchable, sex offender database to contain detailed background information on the 550,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S. from various federal and state law enforcement agencies. The Sentinel Safe database will be frequently updated with new information and include identifiable details of the convicted sex offenders, such as name, age, physical descriptions including height, weight, eye and hair color, as well as distinguishing features such as scars and tattoos.
In an effort to disable convicted sex offenders from joining online communities, MySpace has been advocating and testifying in favor of federal legislation that would require convicted sex offenders to register all of their e-mail addresses in a national sex offender database. MySpace has asked Congress to introduce email registration legislation which would make it possible for MySpace and other like communities to block these individuals from registering on their respective sites. With such measures in place, any use of false or unregistered emails would constitute a violation of the offender’s parole or probation and force them back to jail.
"Before today’s announcement, no efficient method existed to identify convicted sex offenders online,” said John Cardillo, CEO of Sentinel Tech Holding Corp. “By incorporating cutting edge technology, this real-time, searchable database gives MySpace and other such companies the ability to quickly identify registered sex offenders and immediately delete them from the community. Sentinel Safe is the single most comprehensive tool to keep sex offenders off social networking sites.”
MySpace will employ a 24-hour-a-day dedicated staff to proactively monitor for convicted sex offenders identified by Sentinel Safe and remove any matching profiles from the community. MySpace will continue to work with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and law enforcement to identify any suspect individuals and assist in investigations.
“Sentinel Safe was a result of our discussions with the Multi-State Attorney General Task Force, and especially Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Attorney General Roy Cooper – our conversations with them have been invaluable to the creation of this new tool,” said Nigam. “Today’s announcement is a strong step in the right direction, but a gap will still exist in our ability to keep sex offenders off social networking sites until there is legislation that forces sex offenders to use registered email addresses. We’re also asking lawmakers in countries where MySpace has established a local community to work with us in identifying similar legislative solutions.”
Sentinel Safe is part of an ongoing effort at MySpace to provide a safer environment for users to connect online. MySpace has been working with government agencies, lawmakers, NGOs, technology companies, and partners in order to improve the ways to identify inappropriate online activities while respecting user privacy. The online national sex offender registry will join MySpace’s best practices including safety-enabling technology such as heightened security settings for younger users and full privacy options for all members.
MySpace, a unit of Fox Interactive Media Inc., is the premier lifestyle portal for connecting with friends, discovering popular culture and making a positive impact on the world. By integrating web profiles, video, mobile communications, instant messaging and more, MySpace has created a connected community with a wide array of communication choices. As the second-ranked web domain in terms of page views(a), MySpace is the world’s most widely-used and highly-regarded site of its kind. MySpace’s global network includes localized community sites in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Germany, Australia and Ireland.
(a) Among the top 2000 domains comScore Media Metrix, October 2006. For more information on comScore Networks, please go to www.comscore.com.
Sentinel is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sentinel Tech Holding Corp. Sentinel Tech Holding Corp. is also the parent company of Sentry, the leader in online identity verification. Sentinel is committed to creating safer and more secure online dating, social networking and marketplace experiences.