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Google will pay up to $200 million to the FTC on YouTube, probe: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – the Alphabet Inc, and Google (GOOGL.D) to spend up to $200 million related to the settlement of a Federal Trade Commission investigation in to YouTube on the alleged violation of the right to privacy of the children act, a person briefed on the matter told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO: A Google logo is seen at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, u.s., November 1, 2018. REUTERS/ Stephen Lam

Politically, the settlement is expected to be between $150 million and $200 million. The scheme is set to be announced next week, and will be the largest-ever penalty imposed for the violation of any of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule by collecting personal information from children without parental consent.

Google declined to comment.

The COMMISSION voted 3-2 to approve the settlement and sent it to the Ministry of Justice as part of the review process, Reuters confirms, citing a person familiar with the matter. The new york times reported the settlement’s approval in July, but it is not the detail) of the amount of the fine.

The settlement will exceed the previous record, set in February, and a $5.7 million civil penalty imposed on the show.ly, and not on the users ‘ ages, for a three-year period. The online library of the Show.ly is now known as the TikTok features, music-popular, children’s.

Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat, said on Friday that, “the COMMISSION appears to have let YouTube off the hook with a nominal penalty for the violation of the right to privacy of the users. In this case, Google’s attack on kids’ personal info to the order. We need to come down hard on companies that violate the privacy of the children.”

On Thursday, Google launched YouTubeKids. The company said that it has to be built to the site in order to provide a safe environment for children to explore their interests and curiosity, while providing parents with the tools to adapt the environment for their children.”

Parents will be able to choose from three different age groups, in order to select age-appropriate content of the pre-school in the age group of 5 to 7 and 8 to 12.

Katharina Kopp, deputy executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, said Friday, “in the amount of $150-200 million, it would have been miserably low, due to the serious nature of the offense, no matter how much Google has benefited from the breach of the law, as well as Google’s size and revenue.”

She added that the fine “would be effective, rewarding, Google is the massive, and illegal collection of data.

In April 2018, the center, along with other groups, filed an FTC complaint, YouTube took advantage of the children without first providing direct notice to parents and obtaining their consent as required by law. Google will use this information to target advertising to children on the internet and on any device.”

Report by David Shepardson Washington-and Ayanti Berra in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Steve Orlofsky

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