US Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Accusing Google And Others Of Violating Children’s Privacy

An Appeals Court in the US is reviving a new lawsuit that has gone on to accuse Google and other leading tech giants of violating a privacy act linked to children.

Apps like YouTube are being blasted for showcasing such content and tracking young kids’ activity without taking any consent from their legal guardians or parents. And that’s only because they wished to provide them with targeted forms of advertising.

The US Circuit Court of Appeals that’s located in Seattle further mentioned how Congress didn’t intend to set forward any privacy claims by the state which involved taking on a privacy protection act that’s delineated for children’s online content.

This gives the FTC and various state attorneys the chance to control various online collections linked to personal data like kids below 13.

Moreover, such lawsuits have accused Google of collecting data and violating similar laws in other states, including the likes of various content providers like Hasbro and more which lure kids to different platforms, providing they’re aware of getting tracked.

The case is being reopened to see what other grounds that might provide the company is guilty of such behavior and hence allow for action to be taken appropriately in terms of alleged misconduct.

In 2019, we saw the leading search engine giant set out to pay a staggering $170 million to settle such charges by the FTX and allow for the NY Attorney General to ensure YouTube collected personal data in an illegal manner without providing any form of parental consent.

For now, the plaintiffs of the case from San Francisco claim Google is yet to start complying with COPPA until the year 2020 of January.

This lawsuit set aside some major damages for app users that were below the age of 16 and even
younger than that.

H/T: Reuters

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