The National Consumer Secretariat (Senacon), linked to the Ministry of Justice, sent a notification to Google. Through the Department of Consumer Protection, the agency wants to investigate the “alleged data collection of children and adolescents, users of YouTube, without the parents’ knowledge”.
In its statement, Senacon states that YouTube would be taking advantage of location, device type and phone number records to “authorize targeted advertising” to children.
The notification was sent days after YouTube was fined $ 170 million by the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The agency found that the platform violated US laws to protect children’s privacy.
According to the FTC, YouTube collected data from children under the age of 13 and did not take sufficient measures to prevent inappropriate content and ads for children from appearing on children’s videos.
In addition to the fine, Google agreed to make changes to YouTube’s standards. The company has promised to disable notifications and comments on children’s videos and to stop showing targeted ads to children and teenagers.
The company should also create a solution for parents or guardians of users under the age of 13 to be communicated and offer consent for data collection.
To comply with the FTC agreement, YouTube will also require channel owners to identify when their videos are targeted at children under 13 – the site will have a machine learning algorithm that will complement the efforts.
Google was given 10 days to submit clarifications to Senacon.