Gyrating, puking and lip syncing popular beat combo artist Justin Bieber has been violating the privacy of those pre-pubescent girls who visit his website.
While many of his victims would be pleased to hand over their personal details, particularly if they thought Justin might actually know who they were, it seems that privacy watchdogs are less happy.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the company which makes official fan websites for Bieber and his chipmunk squeeze Selena Gomez has agreed to pay $1 million to settle charges that it illegally collected data about more than 100,000 children.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a complaint filed in a New York district court on Tuesday, had accused Artist Arena of failing to get parental consent before collecting data such as the names and email addresses of children.
FTC’s Bieber Basher, Claudia Bourne Farrell, who has one of the best surnames in the business for such a job, said the company agreed to settle for $US1 million. The settlement must be approved by a judge, she added.
The company improperly collected data from an estimated 101,000 children aged 12 and under, according to the FTC.
Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, websites are required to give special treatment to children aged 12 or younger. They must get parental permission before collecting information about the children.
The FTC is in the process of updating the rules to further restrict companies and websites that target youths or are geared to young audiences.
Artist Arena is not saying anything about the deal. Bieber said that he has a relationship with Jesus, talks to him and that “he’s the reason I’m here” which is another reason to hate organised religion.