A company running the OFFICIAL UNOFFICIAL fan website BieberFever.com has been sued for illegally collecting the personal information of its underage members, including birth dates and cell phone numbers, reports Eonline.
The Justice Department filed Tuesday in a federal court in Manhattan, accused operator Artist Arena of gathering the information of more than 100,000 members under the age of 13 without their parents’ consent.
The lawsuit is seeking $16,000 in damages for each violation, as well as an injunction against site operations.
Despite its one-time stable of sites, Artist Arena currently only runs BieberFever.com, which hypes a yearly membership fee of $99 as well as plum access to presale tickets to Bieber’ shows.
Artist Arena could not be reached for comment.
UPDATE from Washingtonpost.com
The operator of fan sites, Artist Arena has agreed to pay a $1 million fine for illegally collecting information about underage users, a violation of child online privacy laws.
The Federal Trade Commission said that its investigation of the company, Artist Arena, revealed the it had collected the names, addresses and other information from children under 12 without asking for parental permission.
Note: Justin wasn’t aware that the company collecting information from children under 12 without parent’s permission.
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