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US authorities impose $170m fine on YouTube for data privacy violation

YouTube has been hit with a record-breaking $170m (£139m) fine by regulators in the US for breaking children’s data privacy laws.

Authorities in New York will receive $34m of the landmark penalty. The Federal Trade Commission reached the settlement with Google, YouTube’s owner, after the video-streaming site was deemed to have collected data on children under the age of 13 without parental consents being in place, leading to youngsters receiving targeted advertising online.

Source: #privacy: USA authorities impose $170m fine on YouTube for data privacy violation

YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to three people briefed on the matter.

The case could have significant repercussions for other popular platforms used by young children in the United States.

The settlement would be the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the F.T.C. in a children’s privacy case. It dwarfs the previous record fine of $5.7 million for children’s privacy violations the agency levied this year against the owners of TikTok, a social video-sharing app.

Source: YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations – The New York Times

Company Will Pay $30 Million to Settle FTC Charges it Used Deceptive Lead Generators

An Illinois-based operator of several post-secondary schools will pay $30 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the operator used sales leads from lead generators that falsely told consumers they were affiliated with the U.S. military, and that used other unlawful tactics to generate leads.

In addition to falsely representing that its schools were affiliated with or recommended by the military, CEC’s lead generators also induced consumers to submit their information under the guise of providing job or benefits assistance.

“You can’t skirt the law by outsourcing illegal conduct to your service providers,” said Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “This case demonstrates that the FTC will seek to hold advertisers liable for the deceptive or illegal practices of their affiliates, publishers, or other lead generators. We expect companies purchasing leads to implement strong vendor management programs and stay on the right side of the law.”

Source: Operator of Colorado Technical University and American InterContinental University Will Pay $30 Million to Settle FTC Charges it Used Deceptive Lead Generators to Market its Schools | Federal Trade Commission

Moran Tees Up Data Privacy Bill As Senate Effort Splinters

A bipartisan pair of senators has drafted a data privacy bill that would give the Federal Trade Commission more enforcement tools, while pre-empting state laws.

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) had been working with a group of other Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee members to draft a bill, but that effort stalled in recent months. Moran said he and Blumenthal are now writing their own bill in a bid to see if they can attract the support of other lawmakers, as the August recess looms.

Source: Moran Tees Up Data Privacy Bill As Senate Effort Splinters

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion FTC Settlement

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) says the deal would unfairly dismiss thousands of complaints against the tech giant.

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

Source: Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement – The New York Times

FTC fines Facebook historic $5B for privacy violations

After months of leaks to the press and rumors of an imminent enforcement action, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has fined Facebook a record-breaking $5 billion and required the company to implement an “unprecedented” and modified corporate governance structure for violating its 2012 FTC consent decree.

The fine is the highest in the history of global privacy enforcement by a factor of 20, but perhaps more notably, the order requires a detailed data governance framework to ensure Facebook’s executive leadership is accountable and transparent about its data practices.

Source: FTC fines Facebook historic $5B for privacy violations

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app

The photo-editing app’s ability to realistically age people has seen its popularity surge, but privacy concerns over the Russian-developed program have resulted in calls for it to be investigated by the FBI and FTC.

Questions have been asked over whether the application, which has its headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is stating clearly that users’ photos are being uploaded to the cloud for processing, rather than it taking place on the device.

Source: FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app – TechSpot

FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations

The Federal Trade Commission has finalized a settlement with Google in its investigation into YouTube for violating federal kids’ privacy laws, according to two people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to discuss it on record.

The settlement finds that Google inadequately protected kids who used its video-streaming service and improperly collected their data in breach of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which prohibits the tracking and targeting of users younger than 13.

Source: FTC approves settlement with Google over YouTube kids privacy violations – The Washington Post

Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook have reportedly agreed on a $5 billion fine that would settle the FTC’s privacy investigation into the social network.

Fine will settle privacy investigation triggered by Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Source: Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue | Ars Technica

Longer Privacy Policies Are Better?

Everyone knows that most consumers don’t read privacy policies because they’re too long and confusing. Right?

But maybe that’s the wrong way to think about it. Privacy policies are useless from a consumer perspective regardless of whether they’re long or short, said Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy at Consumer Reports.

Full article: Longer Privacy Policies Are Better – And Other Surprising Takeaways From The FTC’s PrivacyCon | AdExchanger

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