Texas Attorney General Sues Games Radar. The Rest Of The Internet Next On List?
The campaign for protecting children online suddenly went berserk when Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to sue gaming site Games Radar. The latter has allegedly is violating the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, claims the AG.
December 7, 2007
“These defendants are charged with operating child-oriented Web sites that violate the law by failing to protect young users,” Attorney General Abbott said. “The Office of the Attorney General will continue aggressively enforcing laws to protect young Internet users.”
At present time, GamesRadar forum registration has been cut off and visitors are greeted with the following message: "We're sorry, registration is currently unavailable. Please try again later."
Abbott's choosing GamesRadar to sue is rather curious (if not downright suspicious). Given the law in its current form, any gaming site can be sued. In fact, almost every commercial site featuring a forum can easily finds its way into the courtroom, starting from GameSpot and IGN to IMDB. We're eagerly awaiting for the AG to sue the entire Internet, just to make sure that no guilty party escapes.