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Steve_S
09-08-2001, 02:55 PM
Date of screen captures: 9/3/01

Note: I am not an attorney but I have carefully reviewed the entire Gator site and the enitre Gator Privacy Policy and EULA. It appears that Gator is violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The letter of this federal law as well as the spirit of this law as per this page:

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm

The link to file a complaint with the FTC is:

https://rn.ftc.gov/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01

I have supported COPPA before it was federal law. In letter and in spirit. Although poorly drafted, it IS federal law and is designed to protect our most valuable asset: Our Kids under the age of 13. I consider this Gator ommission of the spirit of COPPA to be morally and ethically reprehensible. With over 10 million users and ranked 24th in trafic, I think it's a fair assumption that lot's of under 13 year old kids use Gator to remember passwords, user names, and fill in forms. Also, do Mom and Dad approve of this? Would Mom and Dad sign the appropriate consent forms to let their kids surrender their email address and name? Would Mom and Dad trust Gator with this sensative and confidential data?

The attorneys can decide the legal validity of the issue. You are encouraged to draw your own conclusions and take appropriate action.

The following screens were captured as I installed the application on my system. Displayed in the order presented after I clicked the download link on the Gator home page.

http://www.geekvillage.com/scum/9-3-01-gator-1.gif

http://www.geekvillage.com/scum/9-3-01-gator-2.gif

http://www.geekvillage.com/scum/9-3-01-gator-3.gif

http://www.geekvillage.com/scum/9-3-01-gator-4.gif

The Gator Privacy Policy and EULA: Permission pending from Gator to post same on this site. I wrote. No responce yet.