YouTube probed for breach of children privacy - report

Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2019 05:10

United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is nearing completion of the probe against Google's subsidiary YouTube for an alleged breach of children privacy laws, the Washington Post reported. According to the sources familiar with the matter, the watchdog alleged that the video-sharing platform violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and improperly collected minors' data.

Reportedly, the investigation was initiated as far back as 2015 due to multiple complaints made by consumer and privacy groups. The investigation and potential litigation against YouTube could result in a fine, but also a mandatory policy change concerning children on the platform.

Recently, tech media reported that the e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. was also hit with two class-action lawsuits for the violation of COPPA, which prompted the firm to reevaluate its stance on data harvesting.

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