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11. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

are there privacy laws in the states about people's ages being published?

12. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Isn't it just to keep track of your age? So that if I, Evelyn, join in 2005 and enter my age as 26, I am not still 26 two years later.

I dont see any problem with it. No-one has access to your birth date.

I noticed that it changes on your birthday..so it does keep track of your age. I think it is pretty neat;)

13. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

are there privacy laws in the states about people's ages being published?

None that I am aware of. Especially if you filled out the information yourself and accepted the terms.

14. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Honestly, not that I am aware of. Isa? Joz? Anything that you can think of?

Age laws to my knowledge are just limited to labor/employment laws, drinking, sex and abortion...

15. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

the australian laws must be stricter in this regard then

16. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

i'm not complaining about terms & conditions of this site

17. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Fair comment, E I'm not saying there's a problem.

Other travel sites don't seem to advertise the age of members. I just wonder why TP does.

General interest only

18. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Honestly, not that I am aware of. Isa? Joz? Anything that you can think of?

Age laws to my knowledge are just limited to labor/employment laws, drinking, sex and abortion...

No, there are not age laws per se. As far as the internet is concerned, if a site is for adults, it has to state that on it's home page. (For example, Mr. I's brewery has a website. It's homepage "directs" you to the page appropriate to your age - soda or beer. That is all that is required. Miller and Budweiser require you to enter your birthdate to prove you are over 21 to enter. And gee, no kids would lie about that...) Porn sites also have to make the statement about being of age, but that is all the regulation there is at this time.

As far as entering your birthdate on website, that is not regulated. You are "told" to read the terms of agreement and click a button "agreeing" to those terms. That is all. Yes, I know what the current regulations are regarding this issue because I have a business-related website. (No, I'm not promoting! And, no it's not www.girlongirlonboyonsheep.) I make a point to stay current with the regulations concerning websites since I have a children's book as one of the products.

I hope that helps with the issue.

19. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 11y

The birthdate is required on signup because of its use as a check when retrieving a password and quite a good security measure that way I think.

The age is shown purely because the member profile page would be so empty otherwise! Providing it's honest, it's handy when you want to know a bit more about someone, when you're hooking up with a travel companion for instance. I guess we could add an option to 'hide age' if people are sensitive about this. No-one's really complained about it till now, so we've had little reason to make this change, but hey, if people want it..

I've never understood why people care about letting people know their real age anyway.

I can't see how any laws would prohibit showing someone's age when they enter it themselves and can easily change it if they desire.

And as for US / Australian laws, I'm pretty sure the only laws we really have to worry about are Norwegian laws at the moment, as that's where our company is registered. I doubt any country would have a problem with this though.

Still, I'm open to opinions on this.

Isa, interesting about beer sites having an age restriction! Wow! So, not only is it illegal to drink beer before the age of 21 in the US, but it's also illegal to look at it and read about it What if someone was doing a school project on 'The Marketing of Alcohol'? Beer manufacturers are still allowed to advertise though right? So what's different about having a website 'brochure'? Seems very strange to me.

20. Posted by Peter (Admin 5807 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

the australian laws must be stricter in this regard then

Why do you say that? Do you know of any laws against this?