Warner Music Group settles case in New York

Warner Music Group to pay $1 Million as settlment

A $1 million dollar fine is proposed by the Federal Trade Commission against a unit of Warner Music Group Corp. for allegedly violating child privacy laws in the operation of some of their fan websites for their artists.

During the annual meeting of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit in New York, Commissioner Edith Ramirez said that the $1 million dollars will be paid as a settlement.

These fan websites include Selena Gomez and her beau Justin Bieber, Rihanna and X Factor host Demi Lovato.

According to the Commissioner, the operator of the website was able to collect personal information of the aforementioned fans such as names, email addresses, mobile phone numbers and street addresses. The operator of the website was able to collect information of about 100,000 children.

In a complaint filed at the US District Court in New York last Tuesday, it stated that the fan sites of those artists required individuals who visited the sites to input their personal information and those under 13 are required to input their parent’s email address for confirmation.

But barely a month after they started to operate, the site enabled kids to register and pay for their membership without sending a confirmation email to their parents address.

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2011 internet stats: 2.1 billion internet users and 555 million websites surfed

A data shows a staggering number of internet users last year.

According to a report by Yahoo!, there were 2.1 billion internet users last year. Surfing 555 million websites, 300 million of which were only created in 2011.

Asia had the most drastic increase as its internet population spiked from 825.1 million June of 2010 to 922.2 million March of last year.

On the other hand, 476.2 million Europeans were internet users, 271.1 million came from North America, 215.9 million came from Latin America. African users meanwhile were pegged at 68.6 million and Middle Eastern users were at 68.6 million.

According to the report, the average internet user normally has 1.5 email accounts. If we total the number of email accounts, the world has 3.146 billion accounts.

Microsoft Outlook was the most popular email client. The largest web-based mail client went to Hotmail with a total of 360 million users.

The average number of email being sent and received by a corporate user a day is 112. Among this, about 19 mails received by the latter are considered spam.

China had the most number of internet users a year ago with 485 million Chinese surfing the net.

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