YouTube and Google accused of illegal targeting of children
Associations say that YouTube collects information without informing parents and that Google uses it to target its ads to children …
According to them, Google collects, among other things, location data and mobile phone numbers of minors.
American associations accused YouTube and its parent company Google on Monday of collecting personal data on children and using them to target advertisements, illegal practices according to them.
Twenty-three digital rights and child protection organizations have announced that they have filed a complaint with the FTC, the US trade regulator, asking it to investigate these practices.
“Google targets ads to kids everywhere on the internet”
“Google collects information without first notifying parents, and Google uses it to target ads to kids all over the internet,” they say.
“Google has for years been abandoning its responsibility to children and families by misleadingly claiming that YouTube
A site flooded with cartoons, nursery rhymes and ads for toys – is not for children under 13 Says Josh Golin, of the Campaign for a Child Without Advertising, one of the signatory organizations.
“Google makes huge profits with children’s pubs and must respect COPPA,” the US law on protecting children’s privacy on the internet, says Josh Golin.
“YouTube is not for kids”
Google’s practices, according to the associations, contravene this 1998 law which “prohibits a website intended for children, or who knows that children use it, to collect and use such information without the parents’ consent”.
A spokesman for Google said the group had not seen the complaint but that “protecting children and families was a priority.”
“Because YouTube is not for kids, we’ve invested heavily to create the YouTube Kids app, which offers a kid-friendly alternative,” added the spokesperson.