Another day, another data breach. This time it’s YouTube in the hot seat for allegedly collecting data on kids. Per a 59-page complaint filed with the US Federal Trade Commission, 23 child advocacy, consumer and privacy groups have accused Google (who owns YouTube) of violating child protection laws by collecting personal data of and advertising children under the age of 13.
According to the coalition, which includes groups such as the Center for Digital Democracy and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), YouTube turns a blind eye to the fact that it has users under the age of 13, even though the platform is only meant for those 13 and above. As a result, Google is collecting data on these underage users, including their location and phone numbers. This behavior stands in direct violation of the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa), which requires parental consent before collecting such data.
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