On September 8, 2020, AB-1138, the Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act, was enrolled and presented to the California Governor for signature. If signed into law by the Governor, the bill would require a business that operates a social media website or application, beginning July 1, 2021, to obtain verifiable parental consent for California-based children the business “actually knows” is under 13 years of age.
Continue Reading California Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Social Media Companies to Obtain Parental Consent for California-based Children Under 13

On June 24, 2020, the Washington State Attorney General announced that it had settled an enforcement action against the owners of a social media platform for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Washington State Consumer Protection Act.
Continue Reading Social Media Platform Fined 100,000 USD by Washington State AG for COPPA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission announced its latest Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act settlement with California-based app developer HyperBeard and its individual principals.
Continue Reading FTC Issues New COPPA Case Involving Behavioral Advertising in Kids’ Apps: Issues 4 Million Dollar Civil Penalty Amid Dissenting Vote

As an update to our previous blog posts, the FTC announced that it and the New York Attorney General reached a $170 million agreement with Google to resolve allegations that the company violated COPPA through its YouTube platform. Under the agreement, Google will pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York. The FTC voted 3-2 to authorize the action.
Continue Reading FTC and Google Reach $170 Million Settlement Over Children’s Privacy on YouTube

As an update to our previous blog post, according to media reports, Google has reached a settlement with the FTC in the range of $150 to $200 million over the agency’s investigation into the company’s alleged violations of COPPA through its YouTube platform. The settlement has not been announced by the FTC or Google, and the details of the settlement have not been made publicly available.
Continue Reading Google to Pay $150-$200 Million in Fines for Alleged YouTube COPPA Violations

According to media reports, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a multimillion dollar fine as part of a settlement with Google related to the FTC’s investigation into YouTube’s children’s data privacy practices. The FTC found that, in violation of COPPA, Google had failed to adequately protect children under 13 who used the video-streaming service and improperly collected their data.

Continue Reading FTC Approves Settlement with Google Related to YouTube’s Alleged COPPA Violations