Sony BMG Music Entertainment has been sued by the United States for reportedly requesting and distributing personal information for nearly 30,000 minors without parental consent.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed the claim yesterday (December 10) alleging the music company has been gathering data on children under 13 since 2004.
“Sony Music collected, used and/or disclosed personal information from children without first providing their parents with notice of its information practices,” the lawsuit reads. “Sony Music did not take steps required by the rule to provide parents with direct notice of its information prior to collecting, using or disclosing their children’s personal information.”
The suit also claims pre-teens were likely exposed to over 1,100 Sony-operated music sites increasing the likelihood of exposure to personal data requests. In addition to allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Act, the FTC will seek unspecified damages along with an injunction.
Sony Music is known for its mega artist roster including Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, OutKast, Usher, Three 6 Mafia, R.Kelly and more. As of today, the label has yet to release an official statment regarding the lawsuit.