A lawsuit filed Tuesday, Oct. 2, by the Justice Department in federal court in New York accused the fan website operator Artist Arena of collecting information of more than 100,000 members who are minors under the age of 13 without the consent of their parents, according to E! News.
They are reported to have obtained information such as full names, cell phone numbers and email addresses. Members were said to have been required to give over these details when signing up as a member, to create profiles to interact with other users.
The fan site is dedicated to celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.
The actions of Artist Arena have violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which protects minors under the age of 13. The lawsuit is after $16,000 in damages for each violation and an injunction against the site itself.
The Examiner reported that Artist Arena has closed all its sites except for BieberFever.com, which charges a yearly membership fee of $99. The site provides its members access to pre-public ticket sales for the "Boyfriend" singer's upcoming concerts.
New York Daily News said that Artist Arena could not be reached for comment.
In other Bieber news, the singer is confirmed to be a performer for this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on Dec. 4. He will take the stage alongside Rihanna and Bruno Mars, Entertainment Weekly reported. No word yet on whether Gomez will watch her 18-year-old boyfriend perform among a group of models walking around in lingerie.
The Victoria's Secret Fashion show is one of the biggest spectacles to hit television screens and it only happens once a year, always with a different group of performers and themes for the outfits.
Back in 2011, Adriana Lima, 30, admitted that in days leading up to the big show, she works out twice a day and drinks only protein shakes for nine days. She does an all-liquid diet days before the show and then for 12 hours before the show, "No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that."