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Tech & Science Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube

05:46  20 july  2019
05:46  20 july  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Google executives are reportedly discussing whether to remove all children ’ s videos from the site and have them exist solely on the standalone YouTube The investigation could result in Google receiving a fine over its inability to protect children , and may be another key reason Google execs are mulling

Your child will be able to use YouTube if you added supervision to their previously existing Google Account. The YouTube Kids app includes both popular children ' s videos and diverse new content, delivered in a way that is easy to use, for children .

Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. YouTube could pay the price for collecting children's data. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Google has reportedly reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over alleged violations of children's data privacy laws on YouTube. The settlement comes after an FTC investigation over whether the tech giant sufficiently protected the data of children using the platform, according to a Friday report from The Washington Post citing two people familiar with the matter.

In June, it was reported that Google could face fines from a late-stage investigation by the federal government into YouTube's handling of children's videos. That report came the same day that YouTube said it was considering significant changes to protect its youngest content creators and viewers. This could include moving all children's content to the YouTube Kids app.

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“ Google has been violating federal child privacy laws for years,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, one of the groups Major advertisers also have pushed YouTube and others to clean up its content amid waves of controversies over the past two years.

According to the Post, the investigation found Google improperly collected children's data, a breach of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. However, the Department of Justice has yet to sign off on the details of the fine.

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Your child will be able to use YouTube if you added supervision to their previously existing Google Account. The YouTube Kids app includes both popular children ' s videos and diverse new content, delivered in a way that is easy to use, for children .

In the context of a growing national debate on tech and privacy , Google has come under increased scrutiny for how it may be tracking and targeting children for advertising. Two House members sent a letter this week to the company’ s chief executive, Sundar Pichai

Google declined to comment, while the FTC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last month, US Sen. Ed Markey sent a letter to the FTC expressing concerns over YouTube's kids' content practices, asking the commission to "hold YouTube accountable for any illegal activity affecting children that the company may have committed."

"Personal information about a child can be leveraged to hook consumers for years to come," Markey wrote in the letter. "It is incumbent upon the FTC to enforce federal law and act as a check against the ever-increasing appetite for children's data."

At the same time, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood also sent a letter to the FTC suggesting penalties for the video streaming giant. They recommended all children's data be deleted, civil penalties, plus "a $100 million fund to be used to support the production of noncommercial, high-quality and diverse content for children."

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