The Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General's office today announced that Google and its subsidiary YouTube agreed to an unprecedented $170 million in fines for allegedly using cookies to harvest personal data from minors without parental consent and then serve behavioral ads based on this information.
Such actions are in violation of the FTC's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, enacted in 1998. Under the terms of this regulation, website operators or online service providers that specifically cater to kids must provide public notice if they are collecting personal data from children and obtain their parents' permission. This includes browsing history data captured by cookies.
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