19 Jun Report: YouTube is under FTC investigation for child privacy concerns
The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly investigating YouTube for improperly collecting data from children.
The probe follows a written complaint addressed to the FTC from various consumer advocacy groups, which claimed that the Google-owned video streaming giant violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.
The Washington Post, which first broke the story, said four anonymous people close to the matter had come forward with the news of the investigation, which could lead to fines against YouTube.
A Google spokesperson declined to comment.
In addition to data collection concerns, the complaint letter said that inappropriate content appeared in searches for children’s videos. YouTube’s recommendation engines have come under intense scrutiny over the last few weeks and months, in part because of their tendency to steer users toward unsuitable videos.
While registered younger users are directed straight to YouTube Kids—a curated collection of videos for preteens and tots—unregistered users can still access the main site. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the video service was considering a plan to move all its kids’ content to YouTube Kids, a tough feat simply for the sheer volume of videos.
Source: Fast Company