Monday, July 19, 2010

FTC protects privacy of minor consumers in bankruptcy of "gay youth" magazine

Although the relevance to censorship and minors is perhaps tangential here, I wanted to pass on a news story about the FTC prohibiting the former publishers of a “gay youth” magazine called “XY” to sell or disseminate the personal information of subscribers, partly because it could compromise the lives of subscribers currently or because of past interests.

The magazine and website were quite glossy and impressive. The concept or subject matter might seem morally inappropriate to some people, but the publication did not actually contain material that met the usual legal standards for sexual explicitness or even HTM as under the now defunct COPA law.

The EFF story by Marcia Hoffman is “FTC: Don’t sell or use consumer information on gay youth”, link here.

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