Three web sites agreed to pay $100,000 in civil penalties to settle federal charges that they collected too many details about kids without their parents' permission.

The penalties, announced April 19 against the operators of GirlsLife.com, BigMailbox.com, and InsideThe Web.com, were the first under the Children's Internet Privacy Protection Act, a law designed to protect children under 13. April 21 was the law's first anniversary.

Lee Peeler, the Federal Trade Commission's associate director for advertising practices, said other investigations are ongoing.

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