Yesterday a guy was sentenced to prison for 14 years for using MySpace.com to set up a sexual encounter with an 11-year-old Connecticut girl. Today Connecticut lawmakers introduced a new bill that would require MySpace.com and other social-networking sites to verify users' ages and obtain parental consent before minors can post profiles.
Under the proposal, any networking site that fails to verify ages and obtain parental permission of users under 18 would face civil fines up to $5,000 per violation. Sites would have to check information about parents to make sure it is legitimate. Parents would be contacted directly when necessary.
Currently MySpace relies on users to specify their ages.
I don't see anything in the AP article which specifies how age verification will actually need to be done though....