Google and its subsidiary, YouTube, recently entered into a record $170 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General over allegations that YouTube unlawfully collected children’s personal information. It is the largest settlement ever under COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which prevents companies from using child-directed online services to collect data on children under 13 without parental consent.
Kristin Cohen, Assistant Director of Privacy and Identity Protection at the FTC, breaks down the YouTube settlement and talks about its impacts on the greater business community. Critics of the settlement have pointed out that $170 million is just two days of profits for Alphabet, Inc., Google’s parent company. Cohen discusses the FTC’s view of the deterrent effect of the settlement and offers takeaways for companies that are creating content. Cohen also discusses the FTC’s COPPA rule review and the agency’s priorities going forward.
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