Google’s YouTube fined $170m for violating chidren’s privacy laws
YouTube will also move away from targeted adverts, but some consumer advocates say that would do little to stop the tracking of children
Washington — Google’s YouTube will pay a $170m fine and limit adverts on children’s videos to settle claims that the company violated their privacy laws.
The world’s largest video-sharing site agreed to pay the fine, which is a record for a children’s privacy case, to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York State for failing to obtain parental consent in collecting data on children under the age of 13 years, the FTC said. Starting in four months, Google also will limit data collection and turn off commenting on videos aimed at children, YouTube announced at the same time — moves that will hamstring its ability to sell advertisements against a massive portion of its media library...