Tip News

February 25, 2020

Google to pay $170 mn fine for sharing YouTube kids data - Tip News

Google to pay $170 mn fine for sharing YouTube kids data

Google to pay $170 mn fine for sharing YouTube kids data
'YouTube will pay a fine of $170 million for illegally collecting and sharing data from children on the video-sharing service' - By: AFP/File LIONEL BONAVENTURE

Google agreed to pay a $170 million fine to settle charges that it illegally collected and shared data from children on its YouTube video service without consent of parents, US officials announced Wednesday.

The settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York state Attorney General is the largest amount in a case involving the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 federal law.

"YouTube touted its popularity with children to prospective corporate clients," said FTC chairman Joe Simons.

"Yet when it came to complying with COPPA, the company refused to acknowledge that portions of its platform were clearly directed to kids. There's no excuse for YouTube's violations of the law."

The settlement also calls for YouTube to change the way it handles children's content.

"We will treat data from anyone watching children’s content on YouTube as coming from a child, regardless of the age of the user," YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki said in a statement.

"This means that we will limit data collection and use on videos made for kids only to what is needed to support the operation of the service. We will also stop serving personalized ads on this content entirely, and some features will no longer be available on this type of content, like comments and notifications."

The settlement was approved by a 3-2 vote of the FTC commissioners, with the two Democrats calling for tougher penalties.

The deal "repeats many of the same mistakes from the flawed Facebook settlement: no individual accountability, insufficient remedies to address the company's financial incentives, and a fine that still allows the company to profit from its lawbreaking," Democratic commissioner Rohit Chopra said.

"The terms of the settlement were not even significant enough to make Google issue a warning to its investors."

Short link: https://tipnews.com/u/MTA2MTk2

See also:

Related articles

'Mission: Impossible VII' halts Italy filming over coronavirus

'Mission: Impossible VII' halts Italy filming over coronavirus

Production of the latest film in the "Mission: Impossible" series starring Tom Cruise has been stopped in Italy following the coronavirus outbreak, Paramount Pictures said Monday.The seventh installment of the franchise was scheduled to shoot in Venice for t

Independent media in the firing line in Cuba

Independent media in the firing line in Cuba

Monica Baro's investigation into cases of lead poisoning in Havana won her a prestigious Latin American journalism award but few friends in the Cuban government, which views independent media outlets like hers with growing suspicion.Baro's report for the Per

'Sonic' again tops N. American box office

'Sonic' again tops N. American box office

Paramount's adventure comedy "Sonic the Hedgehog" clung to a narrow lead in the North American box office this weekend, taking in $26.2 million, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported Monday."Sonic," starring Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotn



HELLO, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO RATE THIS POST Google to pay $170 mn fine for sharing YouTube kids data

Sending comment Close