Google and YouTube in legal trouble for violating children’s privacy

Alphabet, which runs the Internet search engine Google, and a few other companies have been sued in the US for tracking the YouTube activity of children under the age of 13 without parental consent. These companies are accused of tracking children’s activity on YouTube and using it to serve them ads.

The United States Court of Appeals in Seattle is reviewing the case. Under US law, the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general have the authority to control the collection of personal data about children under the age of 13 online. In this case, it has been alleged that the law has been violated in the data collection carried out by Google. He claims that Hasbro, Mattel and Cartoon Network attract children to their channels because of their knowledge of activity tracking.

Last year, a San Francisco court dismissed the lawsuit. The Court held that federal privacy law took precedence over claims under the laws of California, Colorado, New Jersey, and certain other states. However, this case is now being reconsidered. Queries sent to Google and content providers in this regard went unanswered.

Difficulties are also mounting for Google in India. The country’s top navigation company, MapMyIndia, says Google’s anti-competitive activities are hurting Indian consumers and the Indian economy. These activities make it difficult for Google’s Indian competitors to do business. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of around Rs 1,338 crore on Google in October for abusing its dominant position in Android mobile devices. Along with this, Google was ordered to stop such trading methods and prevent them. Google has challenged the ICC order in the NCLAT Court of Appeals. A Google spokesperson said: “We have decided to appeal the CCI order on Android. We believe this is a major blow to our Indian users and companies who rely on Android’s security features.”

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