FTC fines Xanga for violating kids' privacy

Social networking Web site Xanga.com will pay $1 million the largest penalty ever issued for violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act for repeatedly allowing children under 13 to sign up for the service without getting their parent's consent, the Federal Trade Commission announced Thursday.

In its complaint, the FTC alleged that Xanga, a rival to the popular MySpace.com, allegedly permitted creation of 1.7 million accounts by users who submitted birthdays indicating they were under 13. Collecting personal information from anyone under 13 without parental consent is a violation of the children's protection act, or COPPA, which was passed by Congress in 1998. FTC fines Xanga for violating kids' privacy - Technology & Science - MSNBC.com

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