Wednesday August 22, 2012

Web Sites Accused of Collecting Data on Children

What kind of perverts would circumvent the law to collect data on children under 13 years of age? Would you believe McDonald's, Nickelodeon, Subway, Trix and the Cartoon Network? eek!

"It really shows that companies are doing an end run around a law put in place to protect children’s privacy," said Laura Moy, a lawyer for the Center for Digital Democracy, a nonprofit group in Washington that led the complaints. "Under the law, they can’t just collect e-mail addresses from kids and send them marketing material directly. So they are embedding messages saying, ‘Play this game and share it with your friends,’ in order to target the friends."