Possible sale of gay teen database sparks privacy fears

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(An interesting read/concern, and one that will NEVER happen here, btw. -- Jeff)

By Daniel Emery
Technology reporter, BBC News

A row has erupted in the United States centring on the ownership of a
gay teenagers' database.

The owner of XY Magazine and its associated website - which catered
for young homosexual boys - filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

XY's creditors have applied for the firm's one remaining valuable
asset: its database of one million users.

But the Federal Trade Commission has expressed its concerns and said
the sale "could violate Federal law".

The issue of selling databases is not new, but it is the sensitivity
of this particular database that is catching the attention of
lawmakers.

The list contains details of tens of thousands of young men, the
majority of whom will be gay.

You can read the full article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10612800.stm