Google has recently agreed to pay $ 170 million in fines and protective measures following a lawsuit over the privacy of children on YouTube. The New York City Attorney General has ruled that children’s under-13s are tracked in a variety of ways and that the data is used to target advertisements in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). According to the YouTube blog, they will also limit the data collection of all viewers who publish the video for children after 4 months, even if the video is viewed by an adult.
In addition, they have decided to stop posting targeted ads or targeted ads while displaying this content. Critics, however, condemned the decision, saying that the fine was small and that the changes needed to protect the children’s privacy were inadequate.
This is the largest fine ever imposed by the commission in a child privacy case, and a $ 5.7 million fine previously filed against the owner of this year’s social video sharing app TikTok.