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Google to pay $150-200m over YouTube Solitude allegations

Google will pay USD 150-200 million to settle allegations YouTube violated a children’s privacy legislation when collecting data to target its commercials better, US media reports said Friday.

The US Federal Trade Commission agreed that the sum of the compensation against YouTube parent Google, which if accepted by the Justice Department are the most significant settlement in a situation involving children’s privacy, the New York Times reported.

The allegations from YouTube were created with privacy groups who stated the system had violated laws protecting children’s privacy by collecting data on consumers under the age of 13 without getting consent from parents, Politico reported.

US regulators have argued Google fails to protect kids from harmful material and information collection on its own YouTube platform.

Advocacy group The Center for Digital Democracy said in a statement that the proposed settlement could be”dangerously low” given Google’s size and earnings, also called on the FTC to”enjoin Google from committing further offenses” of children’s privacy legislation.

Google stays the money-making motor for parent firm Alphabet, with the majority of its earnings coming from electronic advertisements, which accounted for USD 116 billion in their USD 136 billion that the Silicon Valley-based firm took in this past year.

Back in January, France’s CNIL statistics watchdog slapped Google with a list 50-million-euro good for failing to satisfy the EU’s demanding General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR), that came into force early last year.

Fellow US technology giant Facebook recently settled a record $5 billion sweet together with the US Federal Trade Commission for misusing users’ personal information.