It’s a cyber alert for fans stricken with Bieber fever.
A new report says that a company running Justin Bieber and other celebrities’ fans sites is facing some serious heart after allegedly gathering and giving out personal information of 101,000+ of its underage users.
According to New York’s Daily News, a suit has been filed in the Manhattan Federal Court against Artist Arena, who runs BieberFever.com. The web developer has been charged with breaching the privacy boundaries of children younger than 13.
The unlawful information gathering can be sourced back to profiles that fan club members created in order to interact on the site and receive a newsletter about the Biebs.
Unfortunately, the information gathering was a little more unsavory than a preteen brain could comprehend…
Details that the company collected – including first and last names, email addresses, cell phone numbers and birth dates – is a direct violatation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which forbids the data collection of children under the age of 13 without parental permission.
In addition to BiberFever.com, Aritst Arena runs fans sites and newletters for Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.
However, between 2010 and 2011, the company reportedly violated the law, collecting info on over 101,000 under 13-year-old users.
The offense could end up costing Artist Arena a hefty fee… According to the report, the lawsuit is seeking $16,000 for each violation and injunctive relief.
And my basic math skills tell me that $16,000 multiplied by 101K is a somewhere between a butt load and sh*t ton of dough…