Alphabet Board Beats Lawsuit Over Children’s Privacy Compliance

Aug. 2, 2021, 3:54 PM

Alphabet Inc. dodged a shareholder lawsuit claiming that its board of directors failed to oversee compliance with a federal children’s privacy law.

The suit sought to hold Alphabet directors accountable for its YouTube unit’s alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. A judge in the U.S. District Court for California’s Northern District dismissed the claims in a Friday order.

The shareholders alleged that the directors breached their duty to oversee that YouTube’s use of children’s data complied with COPPA. The law gives parents control over what information online platforms can collect about their kids.

But the fact ...

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