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YouTube illegally collecting data on children, claims protection groups

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Just like Facebook, also has been collecting data and that too of children, a coalition of 23 child advocacy, consumer and groups, has claimed.

The group has filed a complaint with the (FTC) in this regard, according to

The group, in its complaint, has alleged that despite the claiming that the video-sharing website is only for those aged 13 and above, is aware that children below that age use the site.

The group says collects information on the kids and then put tailor-made ads on the website to generate revenue.

"Google profits immensely by delivering ads to kids and must comply with Coppa (US Children's Online Protection Act). It's time for the FTC to hold Google accountable for its illegal data collection and advertising practices," quoted Josh Golin, a member of the group, as saying.

According to the group, Google collects personal information in the form of location, device identifiers and phone numbers and uses it to track them across different websites and services without first obtaining parental consent as required by the Coppa.

In this regard, a said: "While we haven't received the complaint, protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us. We will read the complaint thoroughly and evaluate if there are things we can do to improve. Because is not for children, we've invested significantly in the creation of the Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children.

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First Published: Tue, April 10 2018. 00:34 IST