New York (The Verge) — YouTube will reportedly pay up to $200 million after allegedly violating children’s privacy theverge.com/2019/8/30/2084….
YouTube has settled with the FTC over alleged COPPA violations, with Google paying up to $200 million as part of the settlement.
The exact terms of the settlement are unclear, but Google will reportedly pay fines between $150 and $200 million. The charges stem from data collection and targeting practices in YouTube, which consumer groups alleged violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Some details of the settlement had been reported in July byThe Washington Post, but they were not finalized until today’s vote.
The same day as the vote, YouTube unveiled a new web portal for YouTube Kids, along with a set of more discerning content filters. The platform has made a number of policy changes in response to the pending settlement in recent weeks, most notably instituting an explicit ban on violent or “mature” videos that appear to be marketed toward children. The video service has also banned targeted ads on children’s videos, making the videos significantly less lucrative for creators and threatening an entire genreof YouTube content.
“Once again, this FTC appears to have let a powerful company off the hook with a nominal fine for violating users’ privacy online,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said in a statement. “We owe it to kids to come down hard on companies that infringe on children’s’ privacy and violate federal law.” — Russell Brandom/@verge