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23 Child Advocacy Groups Find YouTube ILLEGALLY Spying On and Tracking Kids as Young as 6

9.4.2018 By  Matt Agorist  http://thefreethoughtproject.com/

Nearly two dozen child advocacy groups have formed a coalition and filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that YouTube is illegally tracking the online activity of small children in direct violation of COPPA.

As YouTube cracks down on peaceful channels, censors alternative media, and allows child exploitation videos to flourish, a coalition of 23 child advocacy group has come forward with damning claims against Google’s behemoth video hosting site. Citing multiple violations of child protection laws, the coalition has filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission to expose them.

The coalition is made up of groups including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the Center for Digital Democracy and 21 other organizations. Within their complaint, the coalition alleges that despite Google claiming YouTube is only for children 13-years-old and over—it knows younger children use the site and it targets them—illegally.

According to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), it is illegal for any operator of a website or online service or a portion thereof that is directed to children, or that has actual knowledge that it collects information from children, from collecting, using or disclosing personal information from a child unless the operator gives parents notice of its data collection practices and obtains verifiable parental consent before collecting the data.

However, according to the complaint filed by the coalition, Google is knowingly violating this law.

According to the complaint:

The coalition is now asking that the FTC step in and investigate the internet giant for these violations.

“For years, Google has abdicated its responsibility to kids and families by disingenuously claiming YouTube — a site rife with popular cartoons, nursery rhymes, and toy ads — is not for children under 13,” said Josh Golin, executive director of the CCFC, as reported by the Guardian. “Google profits immensely by delivering ads to kids and must comply with Coppa. It’s time for the FTC to hold Google accountable for its illegal data collection and advertising practices.”

read more: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/23-child-advocacy-groups-find-youtube-illegally-spying-on-and-tracking-kids-as/

 

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