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YouTube accused of collecting data from underage users

Scandals around social services continue: after the leak of data from Facebook users it became known that a lawsuit was filed against Google as the owner of YouTube. The corporation is accused of illegally collecting and storing information about millions of underage users.

In the US there is a law on the protection of children’s privacy on the Internet called COPPA. It is designed to limit the collection of information about users under the age of 13 years. In particular, companies should ask their parents for permission to receive data about their children. According to the authors of the claim, Google allegedly paid insufficient attention to protecting children from YouTube.

According to some reports, 80% of American children aged 6-12 years use YouTube. In order to register for YouTube, users must be over 13 years old, but it’s too easy to pass the barrier. Moreover, you can watch videos at all without creating an account.

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