European regulators are suing YouTube and Google for collecting childrenâ€™sâ€™ information without parental consent. The lawsuit, filed in U.K. High Court, represents the first European action filed against YouTube and Google for unlawfully collecting childrenâ€™s information. According to the lawsuit, YouTube violated the U.K. Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Regulators are seeking over 3 billion dollars in damages against YouTube and Google. This is the second time YouTube and Google were fined for unlawfully using childrenâ€™s information. In 2019, the Federal Trades Commission (FTC) fined YouTube and Google $170 million dollars[i] for illegally collecting childrenâ€™s information without obtaining parental consent.
These lawsuits signal a renewed effort by U.S. and European regulators to protect children from technology companies. Moving forward, technology companies should take steps to assure their information practices respects childrenâ€™s privacy.Â
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