Google Seeks New Customers: Kids

Google has been working to overhaul its Web services so it can legally allow children to use them, as it becomes more willing to tolerate hairy legal requirements in exchange for growth.

The contemplated features include a dashboard for parents to oversee their kids’ activities, a child-safe version of YouTube and requiring people who sign up for a Google account on devices powered by Google’s Android software to share their age. Google requires people to share their age when they sign up for Google services on personal computers. 

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Mr. Rubin, who is now building robots within Google, said that those people were “incorrect about what I said and what my argument was on this topic” and declined to comment further. A Google spokesman declined to comment on this article.


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The tech companies also face legal pressure to change their approach. Several technology executives note that there are gray areas in Coppa, making their companies vulnerable to possible violations even if they explicitly ban children under 13 from their services.