NGOs call on FTC to investigate Google and YouTube


Fairplay and the Center for Digital Democracy are asking the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google and YouTube are violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and the terms of a 2019 settlement agreement by serving children personalised ads on videos labelled "made for kids". The two organisations, along with EPIC and Common Sense Media, believe the FTC should seek penalties topping tens of billions of dollars. In the 2019 settlement Google and YouTube were required to pay a $170 million fine and comply with COPPA in future; Google said it would comply by minimising the data it collected from children and eliminating personalised ads on videos marked "made for kids" rather than by getting parental permission. 
NGOs call on FTC to investigate Google and YouTube 
Publication: Center for Digital Democracy
Writer: Jeff Chester and Josh Golin