YouTube fined $170m for collecting children’s personal data

Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170m to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined Google $136m and the company will pay an additional $34m to New York state to resolve similar allegations.

The fine is the largest the agency has yet leveled against Google, although it is tiny compared with the $5bn fine the FTC imposed against Facebook this year for privacy violations.

The FTC has been investigating YouTube for the way it handles the data of users under the age of 13. Young children are protected by a federal law that requires parental consent before companies can collect and share their personal information.

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Source: The Guardian