Dating sweepstakes

Age eligibility issues aren't limited to just minors or children under the age of 13.

For example, hotels typically do not allow check-in by an individual under the age of 21.

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Many states have minimum-age requirements for contests.

Some companies successfully employ age-screening mechanisms (such as a timed cookie) to prevent entrants from hitting the "back" button to change their age.

If the online entry form collects personal information from persons under the age of 13 (including email addresses), you must comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

COPPA requires, among other things, that you disclose what information is being collected, obtain "verifiable parental consent" to collect it and disclose how it will be used.

In addition to legal risks, serious public-relations problems can result from a poorly administered contest, particularly in online social environments.

For example, Malibu Caribbean Rum faced an uproar of conspiracy theories and complaints on You Tube message boards after the company announced the winner of its user-generated advertising contest earlier than required by its rules, and advertised conflicting and inaccurate descriptions of its judging process.

Sweepstakes begins at AM ET on 9/22/17 and ends at PM ET on 5/31/18.

Click here for Official Rules and complete details including how to enter, free method of entry instructions, entry period dates, prize details, and restrictions.

Minors lack capacity to enter contracts in many jurisdictions.

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