Google the parent compay of YoUTube is paying fines totaling $170 million to the FTC and the New York Attorney General to settle a case of unlawful data collection of children under 13.
The penalty for YouTube is paid out as, $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to the New York Attorney General. The company has also agreed to implement new policies to prevent further violations of COPPA. The FTC called this the largest penalty of its kind to date. However, this fine may not be make some privacy groups happy.
YouTube also must now treat all users viewing children’s videos as if COPPA applies to them, thus limiting data collection to “only to what is needed to support the operation of the service.”
People who work Managing YouTube Channels for brands will have to be up on the new guideline.
Google’s longer-term goal is to more all youngsters to the new separate YouTube Kids sire. A platform with parental controls, more privacy and stricter content guidelines.