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Google pays $200 million to settle a child privacy infringement investigation with the FTC

via:博客园     time:2019/8/31 13:00:33     readed:878

<#comment>Netease Technology News August 31, according to foreign media reports, sources revealed that Alphabet's Google will spend $ 200 million to settle the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation of YouTube's alleged violation of children's privacy laws.

According to Politico, a news media website, the settlement is expected to be between $150 million and $200 million, and the settlement agreement will be announced next week. This will be the maximum penalty imposed by a regulatory agency against a company for collecting personal information from the child without parental consent, thereby violating the children's online privacy protection rules.

In response to the above news, Google declined to comment.

Reuters quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that the FTC passed the settlement agreement with a 3 to 2 vote and as part of the review process, the settlement agreement was sent to the US Department of Justice. The Washington Post reported in July that the settlement agreement had been reached, but did not specify the amount involved in the settlement agreement.

The settlement involves a record far exceeding the record set in February when regulators imposed a $5.7 million civil penalty on Musical.ly for the short video community, due to Musical.ly (now acquired by Vibrato) There has been no requirement for users to provide age information for three years. Musical.ly's music is loved by teenagers.

US Democratic Senator Ed Markey said on Friday that “Google’s invasion of children’s personal information is controversial, and we must crack down on companies that violate child privacy. ”

On Thursday, Google launched YouTubeKids, a Google-based video site designed specifically for children and teens, focusing on child-friendly content. Google said the site was created to create a safer environment for children to explore their interests and curiosity while providing parents with the tools to customize their experience for their children. ”

YouTubeKids is based on three different age groups, and parents can choose the content that suits their child's age. The three age groups are divided into preschool, 5-7 years old and 8-12 years old.

Katharina Kopp, deputy director of the Center for Digital Democracy, said in an ad commentary, "The Center for Digital Democracy," said on Friday, "when considering the bad nature of Google's illegal behavior and the gains from illegal activities." The level of profit, as well as Google’s size and income, is $150 million to $200 million, and the amount of the settlement is simply too low. ”

Kopp also said that the fine "in fact" is a reward for Google's large-scale illegal data collection. ”

In April 2018, with the participation of other organizations, the center submitted an allegation to the FTC claiming that YouTube used the children's information to profit from the child. The allegation said that YouTube's behavior “does not directly notify the parents of the children in advance, as required by law, and does not obtain the consent of the parents of the children. Using this information, Google advertises to children through the Internet and devices. ”(Tianmenshan)<#comment>


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