Google has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after an investigation found it guilty of the privacy breach and collecting data of children under the age of 13. The details of the settlement have not yet been released, but what is known is that Google has shifted all kids content to a platform it calls YouTube for kids to prevent further problems.
The FTC Won’t Let This Slide
According to media reports, Google has reached a settlement with the FTC after it was found guilty of violating COPPA, also known as children online privacy protection act. According to the act, an organization whose product is being used by children under the age of 13 years should ensure the user’s online privacy and prevent the collection of their data.
According to privacy advocates, another major issue is some channels produce content not suitable for children under the age of 13 run ads that are produced to attract children of this age group. This may confuse children and expose them to adulterated content, which in no way is suitable for them.
Before this, Google came under fire from parents for streaming suicide, promoting videos on its YouTube kid’s platform.
Penalties Suggested By Non-Governmental Agencies
In a letter written to the federal trades commission the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood suggested specific penalties .like all children’s data be deleted, civil penalties be filed against them and a $100 million fund be allocated for the production of noncommercial, high-quality and diverse content for children strictly.
Privacy Breaches In The Past
This isn’t the first time a tech-giants has gotten into a tussle with the governing body of a country. Previously the British government fined Facebook for privacy breach. Then reports of users getting their Facebook accounts hacked and having their information stolen came forth. As if that wasn’t enough reports stating Apple experience the same thing came forth.
In either case, the government cautioned both the companies and told reevaluate their security structure.