On December 10, 2008, the Department of Justice filed on behalf of the FTC a complaint against Sony BMG Music Entertainment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”). http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0823071/081211cmp0823071.pdf. COPPA requires website operators to notify parents and obtain their consent before collecting, using or disclosing the personal information of children under the age of 13.
As alleged in the complaint, Sony operated numerous websites which promoted its recording artists and recording labels. On some of these sites, the registration forms collected personal information from users such as email addresses, date of birth and gender. Some of the information was collected from children under 13 years of age.
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