The U.S. is investigating YouTube

According to the New York Times, the US Trade Commission is investigating whether YouTube violated children’s privacy when collecting data for users under 13 years of age. New York Times and Washington Post sources have confirmed that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are “in the final stages” of an investigation into children’s privacy violations. Campaign groups have announced that YouTube is violating Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting user data under 13 years of age. These data are collected on both YouTube Kids and the children’s video platform. Complaints from advocacy groups were collected from 2015. Despite being in the “final stage” of the investigation, but the sanctions of YouTube has yet to be announced. According to Engadget, FTC might impose a fine or make an agreement with YouTube. In addition, being fined and forced signing an agreement is also one of the solutions that experts predict. For its part, YouTube has refused to comment about the investigation by the FTC. However, this video platform repeats their previous statement that many of their product ideas, including the collection of child user data “are still ideas.” FTC also refused to speak but did not deny this issue. In fact, it is difficult to manage children using technology platforms. According to Engadget, children watch YouTube anytime, anywhere but are not always give correct age when they register for an account. FTC frequently asks Google to resolve COPPA related issues. In it, there are many important reforms that do not affect YouTube.