Google will pay the largest COPPA settlement to the Federal Trade Commission, for YouTube allegedly violating children’s privacy rights…
Google will pay a total of $170 million to settle a matter over alleged COPPAA violations through YouTube — $34 million to the New York Attorney General and $136 million to the FTC. This represents the single biggest payment since the law went into effect in 1998.
YouTube to Pay $170 Million Settlement over Child Privacy Accusations
The two parties accused the video hosting platform of collecting personal data on children under the age of 13 without obtaining their or parental consent. The service allegedly even scooped up personal data through its YouTube Kids app.
Per the terms of the settlement, YouTube will no longer collect data from videos targeted at children. The platform must also require channels to flag videos aimed at kids, as well as provide COPPA compliance training to YouTube moderators who deal with channels.
FTC chairman Joe Simons wrote in a statement:
“YouTube touted its popularity with children to prospective corporate clients. 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.”