GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE WILL PAY RECORD $170 MILLION FOR ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF CHILDREN’S PRIVACY LAW
Google’s video site YouTube was fined $170 million to settle allegation it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent.
Google LLC and its subsidiary YouTube will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that the YouTube video sharing service illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent.
The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) Rule. The $136 million penalty is by far the largest amount the FTC has ever obtained in a COPPA case since Congress enacted the law in 1998.
Young children are protected by a federal law that requires parental consent before companies can collect and share their personal information. Now the FTC has been investigating YouTube for the way it handles the data of users under the age of 13.
The original text of the announcement (in English) can be found here.
Should you have any queries and/or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact us.