Google has reached a possible settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of millions of dollars for violating child privacy laws through its YouTube video platform.

The Federal Trade Commission began an investigation with Google after consumer groups and privacy activists claimed the company failed to protect younger YouTube users from inappropriate content and illegally collect their personal information.

Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, also known as COPPA, companies must obtain parental consent before collecting certain types of data from children under the age of 13.

The vote on the settlement, which is expected to be in the millions of dollars, was conducted on partisan bases, with the support of three Republican commissioners, and the opposition of two Democrats.

Earlier this year, several major advertisers, including Nestlé, and Disney, cut spending on digital advertising on YouTube after suggestions that the site facilitated sexual exploitation networks for children.

Information on the settlement appeared in a Washington Post report, coming just one week after the Federal Trade Commission approved a $ 5 billion settlement with Facebook for privacy violations.

Source : Report

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