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Alphabet Board Blamed for Massive YouTube Child Privacy Fine

Oct. 23, 2019, 2:30 PM

Google parent Alphabet Inc. and its top leadership were hit with a lawsuit in the Northern District of California blaming them for the child privacy violations at YouTube that led to a $170 million fine, the largest ever of its kind.

“These wrongs resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to Alphabet’s reputation, goodwill, and standing in the business community,” the suit says.

The tech giant agreed to the penalty in early September to resolve Federal Trade Commission claims that it routinely violated the Child Online Privacy Protection Act. YouTube, the world’s largest streaming video site, allegedly tracked...

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