YouTube accused of collecting data of underaged British children
Category: #headlines  By Nikita Chaurasia  Date: 2020-09-14
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YouTube accused of collecting data of underaged British children

 

  • The company reportedly breached EU’s General Data Protection Regulations and UK’s Data Protection Act.
  • The case will focus on the youths who watched YouTube since 2018.

American video sharing platform YouTube is reportedly in a legal tussle over acquisitions of collecting data of children under the age of 13 in the United Kingdom.  As per the trusted reports, the lawsuit is filed against YouTube’s parent company, Google LLC.

It appears that YouTube as well as Google breached EU’s General Data Protection Regulations and UK’s Data Protection Act.

In this context, Mr. McCann, a father of three under-13 children, mentioned in a statement that the company will have to pay compensation between £100 and £500 to those whose data was breached. He added that the recent lawsuit is a first in Europe brought against a tech giant on behalf of the children.

McCann further stated that an estimated damage of around £2 billion are being sought for over five million children in the United Kingdom.

According to credible sources, the case will focus on the youths who watched YouTube since 2018, a year in which the new Data Protection Act became a law.

A YouTube spokesperson remarked that the company refuses to comment on pending litigations and the video streaming platform is not to be used by children under the age of 13. He further said that YouTube kids was launched only for children to protect children and families from privacy-related issues.

The spokesperson also added that the company does not sell user’s data to third party.

In other news, the European commission (EU) has urged Twitter, Google, Facebook, and other technology firms to tackle disinformation on their respective platforms as per the self-regulation agreement of 2018.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54140676

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