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September 4, 2019
Natasha Singer and Kate Conger / New York Times

Natasha Singer and Kate Conger / New York Times  
Google and YouTube to Pay $170 Million to Settle Allegations by FTC, New York Attorney General That YouTube Violated COPPA by Illegally Collecting Children’s Personal Information

In the largest penalty paid to date for violation of a key children’s online protection law, Google and its subsidiary YouTube will pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent. Google and YouTube will pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. The FTC and the New York Attorney General allege that YouTube collected personal information in the form of persistent identifiers that are used to track users across the Internet from viewers of child-directed channels, without first notifying parents and getting their consent. YouTube also agreed to create a system that asks video channel owners to identify the children’s content they post so that targeted ads are not placed in such videos. YouTube must also now obtain consent from parents before collecting or sharing personal details like a child’s name or photos. Critics, including Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), who sponsored COPPA back in 1998, say the settlement is merely slap on the wrist for Google given the Internet company’s massive financial resources and revenues.

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Financial Times: Google and YouTube pay $170m to settle child privacy claims
AppleInsider: Google fined $170M for violating children’s privacy
CNBC: YouTube will pay $170 million to settle claims it violated child privacy laws
Bloomberg: Google to Pay $170 Million for YouTube Child Privacy Breaches
New York Post: Google fined $170M for YouTube’s violation of child privacy laws
BBC News – Home: YouTube fined $170m in US over children’s privacy violation latest news: Google to spend $200m on YouTube settlement
FOX News: YouTube to pay massive $170M fine as it settles claims it violated children’s privacy laws
The Verge: Google will pay $170 million for YouTube’s child privacy violations
Technology News | The Latest: Advocacy groups disappointed in YouTube-FTC deal
City A.M. – Technology: Google accused of sharing personal data with advertisers
Ars Technica: YouTube fined $170 million for violations of children’s privacy
AP Breaking News: YouTube to pay $170M fine after violating kids’ privacy law
VentureBeat: FTC fines YouTube $170 million for alleged child privacy violations
TIME: YouTube Fined $170 Million for Collecting Kids’ Data Without Parental Consent
POLITICO EU: Google’s YouTube hit with $170M fine over children’s privacy
Tech Insider: Google will pay $170 million to settle allegations that YouTube illegally collected kids’ data without their parents consent (GOOGL, GOOG)
Axios: Google to pay $170 million over claim that YouTube violated child privacy law
RT News: YouTube to cough up $170mn in fines over charge of grabbing kids’ data
WRAL Tech Wire: Feds fine YouTube $170M for collecting kids’ data without parents’ consent
Federal Trade Commission: Google and YouTube Will Pay Record $170 Million for Alleged Violations of Children’s Privacy Law
New York Attorney General: AG James: Google And Youtube To Pay Record Figure For Illegally Tracking And Collecting Personal Information From Children

@alfredwkng: . @SenMarkeywas the author of COPPA back in 1998. On today's settlement with YouTube, he says: "This settlement makes clear that this FTC stands for ‘Forgetting Teens and Children’."

December 10, 2018
The Daily / New York Times

The Daily / New York Times  
The Business of Selling Your Location

Companies are using location data to cater to advertisers, retail outlets and even hedge funds. They say the information is anonymous, but a database reviewed by The Times revealed people’s movements in startling detail. Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Natasha Singer, Michael H. Keller and Gabriel J.X. Dance investigated location tracking companies for this startling story.

May 9, 2019
Natasha Singer / New York Times

Natasha Singer / New York Times  
Prominent Advocacy Groups File Complaint With FTC Alleging That Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Violates COPPA By Allowing Children to Divulge Intimate Data Including Addresses, Social Security Numbers

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy joined more than a dozen other consumer and privacy groups in lodging a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that Amazon violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) because the company’s Echo Dot Kids Edition is enabling children to easily divulge their names, home addresses, Social Security numbers and other intimate information to Alexa. Research commissioned by the two prominent advocacy groups also suggests that Amazon made it cumbersome for parents to delete their child’s personal details from the system. The complaint further alleges that Amazon had failed to obtain verified consent from parents before collecting their children’s voice recordings and had kept such records unnecessarily after extracting the data to respond to children. Amazon said in a statement that the device and a related subscription service for children, called FreeTime Unlimited, “are compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act” and that before children’s services can be used on Alexa, a user must consent and provide a credit card number or a code number sent by Amazon via text message.

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NDTV: Amazon Accused of Using Echo Dot Kids to Illegally Collect Data on Children
Echo Kids Privacy: Echo Dot Kids Edition Violates COPPA|
TechCrunch: Alexa, does the Echo Dot Kids protect children’s privacy?
The Sun: Amazon accused of ‘spying on your kids’ with Alexa speakers by saving recordings of their conversations
The Intercept: Privacy Experts, Senators Demand Investigation of Amazon’s Child Data Collection Practices
AP Breaking News: FTC urged by child advocates to investigate Amazon’s Alexa
Courthouse News Service: Child Advocates Ask FTC to Investigate Amazon’s Alexa
Tech Insider: Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition is illegally recording your children, 19 privacy advocates warn
CNET: Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids violates privacy regulations, child advocates say
Digital Trends: Amazon retains text data on users even when audio recordings are deleted
Engadget: FTC complaint alleges Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids violates child privacy law
Stars and Stripes: Parents can’t delete what kids tell Amazon voice assistant
WRAL Tech Wire: Hey, Alexa – why won’t you erase what my kids tell you? Parents upset, go to FTC
USA Today: Amazon secretly recording and storing what your kids say, complaint says
NewsBytes App: Amazon accused of spying on children via Echo Dot Kids Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids puts kids at risk, privacy advocates allege
Reuters: U.S. senators say Amazon smart speaker for kids violates privacy law
ET news: Amazon violating child privacy laws with Echo Dot Kids smart speaker How to Delete Amazon Order History?
GeekWire: Consumer groups accuse Amazon of illegal voice recording on Echo Dot Kids speaker
Gizmodo: Privacy Advocates Demand That the FTC Investigate Amazon’s Digital Assistant for Kids
Mashable: Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition violated children’s privacy law, say advocacy groups
The Verge: Amazon’s kid-friendly Echo Dot is under scrutiny for alleged child privacy violations
Futurism: Amazon Alexa: Illegally Recording Kids, Privacy Advocates Allege Privacy Groups Accuse Amazon Of Storing Kids’ Convos

May 21, 2019
Natasha Singer / New York Times

Natasha Singer / New York Times  
Amazon Shareholders to Vote on Two Proposals Regarding Company’s Sale of Its Facial Recognition Technology and Whether It Facilitates Human Rights Violations

At Amazon’s annual meeting in Seattle today, investors will vote on whether the tech giant’s push to spread surveillance software threatens civil rights and, as a consequence, the company’s reputation and profits. Shareholders have introduced two proposals on facial recognition for a vote, one that asks the company to prohibit sales of its facial recognition system, called Amazon Rekognition, to government agencies, unless its board concludes that the technology does not facilitate human rights violations. The other asks the company to commission an independent report examining the extent to which Rekognition may threaten civil, human and privacy rights, and the company’s finances. Both proposals are nonbinding, which means Amazon isn’t required to take any actions even if they receive a majority of votes.

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