The FTC has been getting child privacy complaints against YouTube for years, according to previous reports. COPPA, after all, prohibits companies from collecting data from users under 13 and from targeting them with personalized ads. To better protect kids using the internet these days, the agency intends to reexamine how COPPA is enforced, seeing as a lot of young users access websites and video games that weren’t made for them.
Since the Post’s sources aren’t authorized to speak on the issue, the exact amount and the conditions of the settlement are still unclear. A multimillion dollar fine is likely chump change for a massive corporation like Google, and the FTC’s officials were reportedly divided on the settlement: it was reportedly backed by the agency’s three Republicans and opposed by its two Democrats. That said, the agency’s decision could affect the tech industry as a whole. As the Post noted, the issues privacy advocates raised against Google also apply to other tech and gaming companies.