GamesRadar Charged with Failing to Protect Minors

For those of you who troll various gaming sites GamesRadar should ring a bell for you. Apparently in Texas the Attorney General has filed suit against the site for failing to protect the privacy and safety of children.

This suit apparently comes from an alleged breach of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act specifically GamesRadar is being charged with 'unlawfully collecting personal information such as names, ages, and home addresses from children (under 13)'.

This obviously should raise eyebrows around the gaming community as almost every major site collects such data. Later this morning we at BlueAlien.org will be calling GamesRadar's parent company Future US, Inc. for more information.

Here is the original story broken on Fulgore.

UPDATE (2007-12-19 16:50:10): A statement from Future US Inc. recieved by us at BlueAlien.org reads as follows:

"Future US, Inc., was named in a formal complaint filed on December 5th, 2007, by the Attorney General in Texas regarding games information website GamesRadar.

"That was the first contact we had from the Texas Attorney General on this matter and we are urgently reviewing the complaint.

"As a matter of course and at a minimum, Future US strictly adheres to all laws and guidelines regarding content on our websites.

"We will provide a more detailed response to the specific elements of this case in due course."