Sony Music Entertainment has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $1 million to settle the online child privacy lawsuit filed against it by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).The lawsuit alleged that Sony had “improperly collected, maintained and disclosed personal information from thousands of children under the age of 13, without their parents’ consent”.The $1m fine is the joint largest penalty ever under the US Children”s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). According to the FTC, 196 of Sony’s artist websites fell foul of the law, collecting info from more than 30,000 children. Other labels will be nervously checking their registration policies now…

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