Future US Responds to GamesRadar Charges

Andy Chalk

One Flag, One Fleet, One Cat
Nov 12, 2002
Future US Responds to GamesRadar Charges

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act [http://www.futureus.com/].

Shacknews [http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/50245]reported the charges yesterday, saying the lawsuit filed against Future US claims the site "unlawfully collect personal information such as names, ages and home addresses from children [under 13]," which violates the federal statute. "Federal law provides important protections to prevent children from divulging sensitive personal information and to shield them from inappropriate sexual or violent content online," Abbott said. "The Office of the Attorney General will continue aggressively enforcing laws to protect young internet users." Presumably as a result of the charges, free RadarNation account registrations have been temporarily closed.

Today, according to Advertising Review Council [http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=31348] (ARC) in 2000 whose primary directive was to ensure that mature-rated games weren't marketed to minors. We will provide a more detailed response to the specific elements of this case in due course."

Future US is owned by England-based Future Publishing [http://www.futurenet.com/futureonline], which puts out over 150 magazines in the U.S., U.K. and France, including Edge, PC Gamer and and Official Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox magazines.