bipartisan letter signed by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Rep. Jeff
Fortenberry (R-NE) has requested that Google CEO Sundar Pichai provide
more information about Google’s collection of data on children.
has come to our attention that the data collection practices of YouTube,
a subsidiary of Google, may not be in compliance with the Children’s
Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). We were alerted to this
issue through a complaint filed by a coalition of 23 child and privacy
advocacy groups,” declared the letter.
“The FTC complaint alleges that Google’s YouTube has collected and
shared the personally identifiable information of tens of millions of
children in violation of COPPA.”
Cicilline and Fortenberry went on to declare that despite YouTube’s
policies against children under the age of 13 using the website, it
still targets young children and babies with cartoon content and doesn’t
try to stop children from using the platform with “safeguards.”
and Fortenberry also claimed that this is potentially in violation of
COPPA due to the fact that information from these young child users is
then collected and sold without parental consent.
letter then asked Pichai a series of eight questions, asking for more
information about Google’s collection of data from children.
Google claimed “protecting kids and families” has “always been a top
priority” for the company.
YouTube is not for children, we’ve invested significantly in the
creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically
designed for children,” declared the company. “We appreciate all efforts
to protect families and children online and look forward to working with
members of Congress to answer their questions.”
week, another bipartisan group of congressmen sent an open letter to
Pichai demanding answers over the company’s development of a censored
search engine in China.