Hmmm, Parents or Microsoft

Want to know how terrifying it is to be a parent in todays America? I received this in an email today from MSN (also known as the Microsoft Corporation);

Dear parent or guardian:
According to the birth date provided for your child’s Microsoft online account, “your childs name here” is now 13 years old. You are therefore no longer able to manage permissions for the “your childs name here” account through Account Services, and your child may create a new account without your permission.

United States law requires websites and services to obtain parental permission to collect, use, or share personal information from children under 13. Because this child is now 13, you can no longer manage permission for this child for Microsoft online services.

For information about how Microsoft collects and uses personal information, please review the Privacy Statement at

Thank you for using Microsoft online services.

The MSN Parental Controls Team

Please do not reply to this message, which was sent from an unmonitored email address. Mail sent to this address will not be answered.

The MSN PARENTAL CONTROLS TEAM? Doesn’t that just about say it all? A corporation “controlling parents”! This is what is read more