Google, which is owned by Alphabet and its YouTube video service will pay $170 million to settle allegations that it broke federal law by collecting personal information about children, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
YouTube violated federal law by collecting personal information about kids... and now Google will pay for it... The Federal Trade Commission Wednesday said Google - YouTube's parent company - has agreed to a $170 million dollar fine to settle allegations that it tracked viewers of children's channels using cookies without parental consent.
...and for subsequently using that data to deliver millions of dollars in targeted ads to those viewers.
The penalty is the largest since a law that bans collecting information about children under the age of 13 - came into effect in 1998.
According to the government's complaint, YouTube has also touted its popularity with children in marketing itself to companies like Mattel and Hasbro.
It told Mattel that "YouTube is today's leader in reaching children age 6-11 against top TV channels," according to the complaint.
Critics say Wednesday's fine is just a slap on the wrist for the internet giant since no executives at YouTube or its parent, Google, were penalized.
And YouTube neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
The fine comes as big tech companies are facing growing backlash over a slew of privacy violations... including Facebook which reached a $5B settlement with the F.T.C.
In July over the social network's handling of users' data.
Tech giant Google is all set to roll out a new update to Android Auto which will allow the car software to regain its smart features including the Calendar application. According to The Verge, the Calendar application will allow users to view the information related to their next appointments. The feature will also give driving directions to the users in case they had added a location to the calendar entry. The application was previously removed by Goole in its 2019's redesign. The company had replaced it with a button that simply reads the appointments loud via the Google Assistant. As per The Verge, the new feature also adds relevant shortcuts to the Calendar application
Google's net US digital ad revenues will decline this year for the first time since eMarketer began estimating ad revenues in 2008. Business Insider forecasts Google will bring in $39.58 billion in US digital ad revenues this year. That's down 5.3% from 2019. This represents a downward revision of more than $7 billion from Insiders early-March forecast. The forecast was made prior to the pandemic-related economic slowdown in the US, particularly reduced ad spending by the travel industry.
Google's Android application Lookout which is crafted for helping the visually impaired is being updated with several new features making it easier for visually challenged people to read texts, signs etc. According to The Verge, the new features will also help the users in identifying packaged foods and identify currency notes in a better way. With the new updates, Google has added new languages and made the design of the application more accessible. With the new features, the app is now functional on android devices that have at least 2GB of RAM on Android 6.0 or later versions.
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