Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

Google to pay FTC up to US$200 mil on YouTube probe

Google to pay FTC up to US$200 mil on YouTube probe Google to pay FTC up to US$200 mil on YouTube probe
Ginger Lawrence | 01 September, 2019, 22:14

Senator Edward Markey of MA, who wrote COPPA, said the money isn't the incentive so much as ensuring companies don't get the jump on gathering data on children before they're old enough to consent.

At the time of posting, both the FTC and Google declined to comment to Politico.

The settlement would have to be approved by the Justice Department.

Google reportedly has agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission investigation into whether it violated children's privacy laws in the way that it collected information and targeted advertisements to minors. It dwarfs the previous record fine of $5.7 million for children's privacy violations the agency levied this year against the owners of TikTok, a social video-sharing app. A Google spokesperson had no comment.

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"Once again, this FTC appears to have let a powerful company off the hook with a nominal fine for violating users' privacy online", Sen. This would violate the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which limits how companies can scrape data from users younger than 13. One of the groups, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, said that the reported settlement was "inadequate". The Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy advocacy group, says the reported amount against YouTube is "woefully low". Research firm Loup Ventures estimates that 5 per cent, or roughly US$750 million a year of YouTube's annual revenue, comes from content aimed at children.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google will pay $150 million to $200 million to settle a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over how it treats information from children on its YouTube video site, according to a published report Friday.

YouTube has long said that children under 13 don't use its site without parental supervision, as its terms of service stipulate. There's ample evidence these young viewers flock to the site, however, and consumer groups complained previous year that the presence of children means YouTube is collecting data on these kids to serve them ads in violation of COPPA. The move explains why the company is moving YouTube Kids to its own site, as separating child-friendly videos off the main website would make it easier to avoid accidentally advertising on them.