Texas Sues GamesRadar, Claims Site Violates Child's Online Privacy Act

By Chris Faylor, Dec 06, 2007 1:10pm PST Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today pressed charges against the Future Publishing-owned gaming website GamesRadar.com, claiming the site does not "adequately protect [children's] privacy and safety."

The lawsuit states that the site "unlawfully collect personal information such as names, ages, and home addresses from children [under 13]," and thus violates a federal law known as the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Along with GamesRadar, international media corporation Future Publishing owns CVG and publishes PC Gamer in both the US and UK, renowned UK gaming magazine Edge, and official magazines for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.

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"Federal law provides important protections to prevent children from divulging sensitive personal information and to shield them from inappropriate sexual or violent content online," said Abbott. "The Office of the Attorney General will continue aggressively enforcing laws to protect young Internet users."

TheDollPalace.com was also implicated on similar charges in a separate lawsuit.

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  • Edge, renowned? Renowned for being a pseud-fest that's generally full of shit, perhaps. Not that I have read it for years, so maybe it's better now, but the Consolevania team seem to think similarly to myself unless I've misjudged their comments, and they're the only people I can think of who have mentioned the mag recently.

    What I remember of it was endless articles masturbating over vapourware ideas (often hardware ideas0 and other distant-future bullshit, most of which never materialised, written by journalists who didn't really know what they were talking about. It was printed on glossy paper and cost a lot of money but that only made it feel even more up its own pretentious arse. Perhaps it's different now, though.