Key Point: The FTC’s fine is the largest for any COPPA-related incident; however, two issues of first impression alleged in the Complaint could have a more significant impact over the long term.
We previously reported that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) entered into a settlement agreement with Facebook, Inc., which included a record-breaking $5 billion fine for repeat violations of consumers’ privacy rights. The FTC recently announced that it had entered into a settlement with Google, LLC (“Google”) and its subsidiary YouTube, LLC (“YouTube”), in which those entities will pay a $170 million fine for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) Rule. The $170 million fine is the largest the FTC has issued in a COPPA case since Congress enacted the law in 1998.
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