YouTube fined $170m in US over children’s privacy violation

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YouTube has been fined a record $170m (£139m) by a US regulator for violating children’s privacy laws.

Google, which owns YouTube, agreed to pay the sum in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The video-streaming site had been accused of collecting data on children under the age of 13 without parental consent.

Such data-gathering would contravene the 1998 Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa).

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