Oath has agreed to pay a $5 million settlement with the New York attorney general over allegations it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, The New York Times reports. The attorney general’s office found AOL, which is owned by Oath, used personal data to send targeted advertisements to children under the age of 13. The $5 million settlement is the largest ever for a COPPA-related case. “COPPA is meant to protect young children from being tracked and targeted by advertisers online,” New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement. “AOL flagrantly violated the law — and children’s privacy — and will now pay the largest-ever penalty under COPPA.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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