MySpace Faces New Age Verification Bill, Connecticut Legislation Would Require Parental Consent Before Minors Could Post Online Profiles - CBS News

Connecticut state lawmakers unveiled legislation Wednesday that would require and other social-networking sites to verify users' ages and obtain parental consent before minors can post profiles. The bill comes a day after a man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for using to set up a sexual encounter with an 11-year-old Connecticut girl. It was one of the first federal sex cases involving the popular site.
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.