The U.S. government decided to sue the Sony Music Entertainment, formerly known as Sony BMG for violating federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children.
The civil suit, which seeks unspecified monetary penalties, said Sony Music was in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, which is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. The case was brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. Sony Corp, the Japanese consumer electronics company, agreed in August to buy full ownership of the Sony BMG music group, saying it would purchase Bertelsmann AG’s 50 percent stake in their joint venture for around $900 million.
The music company improperly accepted registrations on its music websites from users who were under 13, without obtaining consent from their parents, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.