So I decided to start a second journal for use in communities.
However, when I created the account, I was hit with a notice telling me that while the birthdate I provided shows me to be over 13 (i'm 21!), that this machine had been previously used to create an account for someone under 13, and therefore they needed to verify my age for COPPA, whatever that is.
1) I can't think of ANY occasion, Livejournal or otherwise, where I have created an account for someone 13 or under. This is my own personal computer. I don't even live at home anymore!
2) Clearly that begs the question, why did LJ ask me to verify?
3) And even if I HAD used this computer to create an account somewhere for an under-13, how did LJ know? Is it strictly because of my IP address, or what? Furthermore (lots of questions, geez), does "account" mean ANY account anywhere, even outside of LJ? How on earth would they track that? (and if they are, that's just creepy).
Despite the fact that I am 21, in order to verify my age I needed to provide a "parent's" email and my credit card information. I really wasn't comfortable with LJ asking for my credit card info and assuring me I won't be charged - but with a disclaimer that any charges made are not reversible. However, this account is a paid one - so they've already got my info. I just went ahead and did it, since I was getting annoyed.
The parent email request was strange though. Why am I providing that? I gave an old email of my own.
(The account was basically unusable until I went through these steps, so I ended up with no choice.)
edit: I posted in lj_support and received an answer.( Collapse )