Google to settle with FTC on privacy breach – report

Alphabet Inc.’s Google will settle an investigation by the United States Federal Trade Commission into the children’s privacy breach allegedly involving its video platform YouTube, the Financial Times reported citing sources familiar with the matter.

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The settlement will potentially be a multi-million-dollar one, according to the sources, and the FTC has approved the deal, voting on it along party lines. Republicans voted for the settlement, while Democrats were against. The Department of Justice is now reviewing the terms of the deal, including the proposed fine, the article noted. The federal investigation was initiated after consumer groups complained that YouTube violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by not properly protecting its users younger than 13 from inappropriate content, as well as collecting their personal information without parental approval.