YouTube illegally collects data on children, say child protection groups

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 10/04/2018 21:44

A coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google is violating child protection laws by collecting personal data of and advertising to those aged under 13.

The group, which includes the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the Center for Digital Democracy and 21 other organisations, alleges that despite Google claiming that YouTube is only for those aged 13 and above, it knows that children under that age use the site. The group states that Google collects personal information on children under 13 such as location, device identifiers and phone numbers and tracks them across different websites and services without first gaining parental consent as required by the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa).
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/apr/09/youtube-illegally-collects-data-on-children-say-child-protection-groups

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YouTube 'broke child protection laws'
YouTube has been accused of violating child protection laws in the US, by a collection of 23 consumer, child safety and privacy advocacy groups.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43699233

YouTube Is Improperly Collecting Children’s Data, Consumer Groups Say
A coalition of more than 20 consumer advocacy groups is expected to file a complaint with federal officials on Monday claiming that YouTube has been violating a children’s privacy law.

The complaint contends that YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, has been collecting and profiting from the personal information of young children on its main site, although the company says the platform is meant only for users 13 and older.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/business/media/youtube-kids-ftc-complaint.html

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