The settlement was reached after the Federal Trade Commission investigated the video giant's practice of collecting information on young viewers under the age of 13, which is prohibited by the Internet's Privacy Protection Act. The penalty reflects another problem for Google in Washington, where policymakers have scrutinized the tech industry and raised questions about its dominance in the economy. 19659007] The settlement was first reported by the Washington Post, but the amount of the penalty was not immediately apparent on Friday night.
This week, the FTC announced that it was launching its latest review of the Child Protection Act – abbreviated as COPPA – requesting the public to answer more than two dozen questions about the Authority's enforcement.
"The online environment for children continues to evolve rapidly," said the FTC in its announcement in the Federal Register, "including, for example, the significant increase in educational technology in the classroom and in social media and child-sensitive content platforms third party. "
YouTube has seen strong growth in recent weeks Under pressure from advocates of privacy and consumer groups, consideration is being given to making changes to the way children's content is handled. Another suggestion was to move children's videos to the stand-alone YouTube Kids app, but those familiar with the discussions told CNN that it was a drastic measure and not likely.
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