Report: FTC approves a fine for Google over YouTube kids privacy probe

Mariella Moon
Associate Editor
Report: FTC approves a fine for Google over YouTube kids privacy probe

Google has to pay the FTC a multimillion dollar fine to settle a probe into YouTube's shortcomings when it comes to protecting kids using its service, according to The Washington Post . The agency launched an investigation into the video-sharing platform to figure out whether it violated federal data privacy laws for children by collecting data from kids under 13. By the end of the probe, WP says the commission found that Google and YouTube failed to protect children adequately and that they collected their data, which breached the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act or COPPA.