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Sony Sued Over Kiddie Privacy
The government says that Sony BMG has collected and distributed data on kids under 13.
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Since 2004, Sony BMG has collected info on over 30,000 children under the age of 13.
December 11, 2008 by Rachel Cericola

It looks like Sony got into a bit of trouble—at least one branch of it.

On Wednesday, the government filed suit against Sony BMG. That’s never good! The suit stated that the company violated federal rules that protect the privacy of children on the web. This is also known as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

The suit stated that the company allowed minors to register on its music website, without getting parental consent. The company was also not very clear about how they collected data and what they did with it. Apparently, data on over 30,000 kids has been collected via 1,100 websites—all since 2004. That included addresses, emails, cell phone numbers, and more. The government asked for monetary damages.

Ask and you shall receive, apparently. According to Bloomberg, Sony says they will pay the government $1 million in fines. They also promise to develop a better screening process. At press time, Sony BMG had not made any public statements about the suit.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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