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By Vinershea | Sep 05, 2019 11:33 AM

In a shocking case, Google’s renowned video site YouTube has been fined for $170m to settle allegations, as it has collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent. 

YouTube fined $170m for collecting children\'s personal data

According to The New York Times report, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) fined Google $136m and the company will pay an additional $34m to New York state to resolve similar allegations.

YouTube had been accused of tracking viewers of children’s channels using cookies without parental consent and using those cookies to deliver million of dollars in targeted advertisements to those viewers, the New York Post further added.

Meanwhile, the FTC chairman, Joe Simons said in a statement that “YouTube touted its popularity with children to prospective corporate clients. The company refused to acknowledge that portions of its platform were clearly directed to kids. There’s no excuse for YouTube’s violations of the law.”

Following which, Google declined the comment when this settlement was leaked last week. YouTube has faced a number of child safety issues this year.

YouTube allows companies to create channels, which also include advertisements that create revenue for both the company and YouTube.

YouTube has its own app for children, called YouTube Kids; it does not target ads based on viewer interests the way YouTube proper does.