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MySpace to introduce free parental notification software.

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Free parental notification software is to be introduced by the online social networking website MySpace.com, owned by News Corp, in an attempt to placate government critics in the US.

The 'Zephyr' software will enable parents to determine the name, age and location used by their children to represent themselves on MySpace. However it will not enable parents to view their children's profile pages or e-mail and will inform children the information is being shared.

A group of 33 state attorneys has been considering whether to take action against MySpace if it did not start to verify members ages or increase the age limit to join the site from 14 to 16. MySpace already requires members over 18 years old to know the first and last name and e-mail address of any 14-15 year old member they wish to contact through the site.

The site faces concerns from the Internet industry, with worries that the service will violate the privacy rights of users and that the software could be used to monitor children by someone other than their parents.

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