The U.S.Federal Trade Commission is heralding its settlement with Google and its subsidiary YouTube as a historic moment and a "game changer" for enforcement under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. In the largest COPPA settlement ever obtained by the FTC, "Google will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent," the FTC said in its news release Wednesday. At a news conference, FTC Chairman Joseph Simons said the fine is "three times larger than any privacy penalty assessed against Google anywhere else in the world, and it is 10 times larger than the civil penalties we have obtained in all of our 31 prior COPPA cases combined." But, reports IAPP Editor Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, not everyone is happy with the deal.
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