Violated the COPPA: Fine Record to YOUTUBE for violation of children’s data
The American authorities have sanctioned Youtube with a record fine of between 150 and 200 million dollars.
The vote of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a U.S. government agency, established in 1914 to protect consumers, was 3 to 2 to approve an agreement that provides for the reduction of liability and blocks the sanction to the maximum threshold of two hundred million dollars. The agreement was sent to the Department of Justice as part of the review process.
The agreement will be announced this week and is likely to go down in history as the highest sanction imposed for the protection of children on the web. The charge is that they have collected data from children without parental consent in order to provide personalized advertising services.
Google, as the owner of Youtube, is accused of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law that restricts the collection and use of personal information about children under the age of 13 by operators of Internet services and websites. Enacted in 2000, COPPA is the first U.S. privacy law written under the Internet.
COPPA applies to a wide range of websites and services with content that may appeal to children, but also to general audience websites that have an actual knowledge of collecting personal information from children. This law requires operators of these types of websites to include a privacy statement, which must reveal:
- who is collecting and maintaining the information that children supply to the website and provide information on how to contact them;
- explain how children’s personal information will be used;
- state whether it will be made available to third parties.
In addition, COPPA requires website operators to obtain “verifiable parental consent” before collecting or using children’s personal information.
In 2015, YouTube introduced some restrictions for children by launching YouTube Kids, available in Italy from 2018. But just in April of the same year (2018) the Center for Digital Democracy, along with other groups, filed a complaint to the FTC about YouTube and the fact that it profited from children “without first giving direct notice to parents and obtaining their consent as required by law. Google uses the information it collects to target advertisements to children on the Internet and on all devices they have access to.