YouTube to pay $170M in FTC privacy case

Wednesday, 04. September 2019 15:13

YouTube will pay a record $170 million over allegations it illegally collected personal data from children without their parents' consent.

The company owned by Google agreed on Wednesday to make changes to its privacy policy, in addition to the $170 million settlement, out of which $136 million will go to the FTC and $34 million to New York.

"This latest violation is extremely serious. The company baited children using nursery rhymes, cartoons and other kid-directed content on curated YouTube channels to feed its massively profitable behavioral advertising business," FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra said in a statement.

In a similar case, last month, the FTC voted to fine Facebook $5 billion for various privacy violations.

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