YouTube To Pay Fine For Allegedly Violating Children Privacy Law
YOUTUBE – Google, who also owns YouTube, will pay a fine of $170 million for the alleged collecting of kids without parents’ permission.
According to a recent post in Manila Bulletin, Google agreed to collaborate with video creators to mark materials that target kids, further saying that they will reduce data collection when the users view these videos, regardless of age.
However, there are solons and advocacy groups for children say that such terms are not strong enough to control a company born from Alphabet, who made a profit of about $30.7 million in 2019 on a revenue of about $136.8 billion, in which most of them came from targeted ads.
The internet giant will pay $136 million to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and $34 million to the New York state, in which both of them made a similar investigation, thus, a total of $170 million.
As per the report, this is by far the largest amount that the Federal Trade Commission pinned on Google. However, this is small compared to the $5 billion fine they pinned to Facebook due to privacy violations.
Rohit Chopra, a Democratic Commisioner said the video platform baited the children via nursery rhymes, cartoons and more in order to feed the massive advertising business which he considered lucrative and illegal.
The government further raised its scrutiny of tech giants in the past two years, specifically how they collect and use personal info from their customers.
Several huge Silicon companies are also under fire from probes that are fixated on finding out whether or not they have stifled competition illegally.
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