Protecting Children from Big Tech

European regulators are suing YouTube and Google for collecting children’s’ 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 children’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 children’s information. In 2019, the Federal Trades Commission (FTC) fined YouTube and Google $170 million dollars[i] for illegally collecting children’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 children’s privacy. 

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Appolo Compliance is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. For legal advice, please contact a lawyer.


[i] https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/business-blog/2019/11/youtube-channel-owners-your-content-directed-children

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Jean-Marc is a law student interested in cybersecurity and data privacy law.

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