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Google reaches multi-million dollar settlement for violating children data privacy laws

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Search engine giants, Google has reportedly reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission over alleged violations of children’s data privacy laws on YouTube.

The settlement comes after an FTC investigation over whether the tech giant sufficiently protected the data of children using the platform, according to a Friday report from The Washington Post citing two people familiar with the matter.

In June, it was reported that Google could face fines from a late-stage investigation by the federal government into YouTube’s handling of children’s videos.

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That report came the same day that YouTube said it was considering significant changes to protect its youngest content creators and viewers. This could include moving all children’s content to the YouTube Kids app.

According to the Post, the investigation found Google improperly collected children’s data, a breach of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

However, the Department of Justice has yet to sign off on the details of the fine.

Google declined to comment, while the FTC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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