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October 5, 2012
Some of the web’s biggest pop-star websites are looking at a $1 million fine from the Federal Trade Commission. It appears that they collected personal information from children 12 years and younger in violation of online privacy laws aimed at protecting children. The websites collected not just names and email addresses, but also their cell phones and home addresses. that is just creepy. Over 1000,00 kids personal information was obtained.
Some of the sites under suspect is the popular BeiberFever.com. Also fan sites for Selena Gomez, Rihanna and Demi Lovato.
This problem comes at the same time when Facebook is being investigated for how their LIKE button may violate the online child protection laws. See more here. What kids say on Facebook is becoming more troublesome.
We should all be alarmed. These are not teens we are talking about, these are thousands of kids under the age of 13. We need to do a better job of educating our kids about not giving out their home address and cell phone information. There should be a sense of caution instilled into kids about these sensitive personal details. This article is the best way to show it.
Please pass it on to other kids and parents you know (full story here).
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