In addition to the $1 million penalty, the consent decree requires Sony to delete all personal information collected and maintained in violation of COPPA, and link to certain FTC consumer education materials for the next five years.
Source: COSN Member Bulletin 12/15/2008
Many of these sites also enable children to create personal fan pages, review artists’ albums, upload photos or videos, post comments on message boards and in online forums, and engage in private messaging. In this way, children were able to interact with Sony Music fans of all ages, including adults.
“Sites with social networking features, like any Web sites, need to get parental consent before collecting kids’ personal information,” said FTC Chairman William E. Kovacic. “Sony Music is paying the penalty for falling down on its COPPA obligations.”
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