WMG subsidiary Artist Arena has paid the penalty for collecting data on thousands of children in the US without getting the necessary parental consent. The Federal Trade Commission has fined the company $1m for collecting names, addresses, email addresses, birthdates and other data of an estimated 25,000 under-13s from websites for artists including Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Selena Gomez. Artist Arena fell foul of the COPPA legislation, which requires parental consent for such data to be collected. “Marketers need to know that even a bad case of Bieber Fever doesn¹t excuse their legal obligation to get parental consent before collecting personal information from children,” said FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz in his ruling. WMG bought Artist Arena in December 2010, after the time covered by the complaints.

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