Future Responds to Texas Lawsuit Alleging GamesRadar Violates Children's Online Privacy

Future Publishing has responded to the state of Texas-issued lawsuit that alleges its gaming-oriented GamesRadar website does not properly protect the privacy and safety of children.

"Future US strictly adheres to all laws and guidelines regarding content on our websites," the company informed GamesIndustry.biz. "This is the first contact we have had from the Texas attorney general on this matter and we are urgently reviewing the complaint."

According to Texas attorney general Greg Abbott, the creation of a free RadarNation account on GamesRadar violates a federal law known as the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act through its collection of "personal information such as names, ages, and home addresses from children [under 13]."

RadarNation registration has been closed since the lawsuit was announced yesterday.

In addition to GamesRadar, Future US parent company and international media corporation Future Publishing owns CVG. It also publishes a number of magazines, including the US and UK editions of PC Gamer, renowned UK gaming magazine Edge, and official publications for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.

"We were a founder member of the Advertising Review Council (ARC) in 2000 whose primary directive was to ensure that mature-rated games werenÂ’t marketed to minors," continued the company's statement. "We will provide a more detailed response to the specific elements of this case in due course."

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    December 7, 2007 11:14 AM

    Keep it up, people.. At least by the time you're dead the following generations will be too shielded from reality to effectively replace you with more bureaucratic, frivolous paranoid lunatics.

    .. With some luck.

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      December 8, 2007 5:37 AM

      Yes, the internet is the vitality of reality there.