MySpace has opened access to the U.S. sex offender database to an organization that searches for missing children. has been criticized of late for not doing enough to protect children on the Internet. But today News Corp’s MySpace announced that it has opened its database of U.S. sex offenders to an organization that traces missing children.

MySpace is not working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), to help locate missing children. NCMEC will use the database to help law enforcement in their investigations.

MySpace has been a part of leading the way to help stop online sexual predators of children. Protecting people from the dangers of online communities has become a national issue. Lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate are each introducing measures to require convicted sex offenders to register valid email addresses. Some states are also demanding MySpace raise the minimum age to register as a member to 16- to 18-years of age, up from the current 14-year minimum.

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