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Google to Pay $150-$200 Million to Settle FTC Charges

Google will pay between $150 million and $200 million to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that its YouTube video service violated a children’s privacy law, Politico reports, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The number pales in comparison with the $5 billion the FTC fined Facebook last month to settle privacy violations, and is a drop in the bucket of the $137 billion in revenue Google brought in last year. But the settlement does show that the FTC is serious about continuing to crack down on tech giants for privacy violations as they also start examining whether big tech companies have broken antitrust law.

The Washington Post originally reported last month that the FTC voted 3-2, along party lines, to settle the matter, which stemmed from allegations that Google inadequately protected children who used YouTube and improperly collected their data.


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