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In Britain, Google faces $3 billion lawsuit over use of children’s data


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Alphabet Inc.'s Google faces a multibillion-dollar lawsuit in Britain over claims that YouTube routinely breaks privacy laws by tracking children online.

 

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The suit, filed on behalf of more than five million British children under 13 and their parents, is being brought by privacy campaigner Duncan McCann and being supported by Foxglove, a tech justice group. The claimants estimate that if they’re successful, there would be as much as $3.2 billion (2.5 billion pounds) in compensation, worth 100 to 500 pounds per child.

 

The filing alleges that YouTube's methods of targeting underage audiences constitute "major breaches" of U.K. and European privacy and data rules designed to protect citizens' control over their own private information. YouTube has "systematically broken these laws by harvesting children's data without obtaining prior parental consent," it alleges.

 

A spokesperson for YouTube declined to comment on the lawsuit Monday but added that the video streaming service isn't designed for users under the age of 13.

 

 

"We launched the YouTube Kids app as a dedicated destination for kids and are always working to better protect kids and families on YouTube," the company said in an emailed statement.

 

Privacy watchdogs have in recent months turned their attention more closely to the protection of children’s data, with regulators in Ireland looking to clarify the rights of children under the European Union’s strict data protection rules, and the U.K.'s information commissioner publishing a code of practice with specific standards for online services to follow.

 

 

ByteDance Ltd.'s social media app TikTok has in recent months also come under scrutiny by several EU data watchdogs over its processing of children's data.

 

It’s the first class-action suit in Europe brought against a tech firm on behalf of children, according to the claimants. The legal action is being backed by Vannin Capital, a global litigation funder.

 

“The cost of YouTube’s so-called free service is kids that are addicted to online content and influenced by large tech companies that have stolen their privacy,” said Cori Crider, director of Foxglove. “Google won’t clean up its act until it’s forced to do so by the courts.”

 

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Today's  parents  in the  digital  age are just as  much at fault  as Google .  They should  teach there kids better and not allow them to  sign in  on sites  that harvest your data, but most of them are signed  in Google themselves  so the kids are  just a  chip  off the old block. They lead by example  they copy what adults do  . Now the courts have to step in  when its not just a kids problem .  Google need to clean there act up period  but  adults are just like kids they sign up for anything without  reading there privacy policy.

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Correct steven36, and some on here (who me? lol) don't even read Nsane forum rules!! :towel::towel::towel:

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26 minutes ago, funkyy said:

Correct steven36, and some on here (who me? lol) don't even read Nsane forum rules!! :towel::towel::towel:

Google will  just figure out a way to put up some smoke and mirrors .3 billion is pocket change to them .  The only reason Google  act like they compile with EU laws is all  the profit  they would lose in the long run  . The only thing  that would hurt Google is everyone  boycott  there services  and   smaller companies would profit .  I doubt the courts can control Google.  They  would  have to make  them agree to heck of a lot more than  they  have in the past .

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