A group of privacy advocates has urged the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to remove YouTube content directed toward children and to fine the platform billions of dollars for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, and Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation want the FTC to issue a consent decree that would require Google to destroy all data gathered from children under the age of 13. “Google claims that YouTube is not for children under thirteen, and therefore, no consent is required,” the groups wrote in a letter addressed to the agency. “This defense is outlandish given that YouTube is the number one online destination for kids.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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