US: Youtube fined $170M for breaching kids' privacy

04/09/2019 - 17:07 Published in News/Entertainments & arts

Search engine giant Google and its subsidiary YouTube will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that the YouTube video sharing service illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent.

The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York attorney general’s office for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.

The $136 million penalty is by far the largest amount the FTC in a COPPA case since the Congress enacted the law in 1998.