YouTube and Google will pay $170 million to the FTC. The FTC accused the two companies of violating the U.S data privacy law that protects children: the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA regulates what information data advertisers are able to gather from children under the age of 13. While the $170 million is only a portion of Google’s Q2 revenue, this settlement does champion the $22.1 million fine the FTC imposed against Google in 2012 regarding another privacy infringement.
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