23 Groups File Complaint With FTC Accusing Google & Youtube of Violating Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

A coalition of 23 consumer watchdog groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Google and YouTube, accusing the popular video sharing site of collecting children’s personal data without parental consent.

Filed Monday before the FTC, the groups accuse Google, which owns YouTube, of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting the personal data of tens of millions of minors who use the site.

“YouTube’s privacy policy discloses that it collects many types of personal information, including geolocation, unique device identifiers, mobile telephone numbers, and persistent identifiers used to recognize a user over time and across different websites or online services,” read the summary section of the complaint.

“YouTube collects this information from children under the age of 13, and uses it to target advertisements, without giving notice or obtaining advanced, verifiable parental consent as required by COPPA.”

The complaint calls for, among other things, the FTC to stop Google from further violating COPPA and to create a means in which to monitor Google’s compliance with COPPA.

The groups who filed the complaint are The Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Berkeley Media Studies Group, Center for Media Justice, Common Sense, Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Federation of California, Consumers Union (the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports), Corporate Accountability, Consumer Watchdog, Defending the Early Years, Electronic Privacy Information Center, New Dream, Obligation, Inc., Parent Coalition for Student Privacy, Parents Across America, Parents Television Council, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Public Citizen, The Story of Stuff Project, Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Childhood Entertainment, and U.S. PIRG.

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Source: Christian Post