With the invention and widespread usage of the internet with all age groups, it is important to learn how to differentiate between positive and negative websites. In her new blog post, Michelle Stein tackles internet giant Google by summarizing a breaking story about alleged violations by the company for using personal information of minors inappropriately. She touches on the agencies involved, potential fines, a few responses from political figures and what the landscape might look like going forward for companies who violate privacy laws.
- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has strict laws preventing online services from collecting personal information from kids under 13 without parental consent.
- Google has agreed to pay between $150 and $200 million to settle an FTC investigation involving an alleged COPPA violation by YouTube, Politico reported on Aug. 30.
- It’s worth noting that in order to set up an account on YouTube, users must technically agree to Google’s terms of service — confirming that they’re 13 or older.
“In fact, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) specifically forbids companies from collecting personal data from children — and then using this data in its advertising algorithms and programming, according to The New York Times.”