Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

Google agreed on Wednesday to pay a record $170 million fine and make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube, as regulators said the video site had knowingly and illegally harvested personal information from children and used it to profit by targeting them with ads.

Critics denounced the agreement, dismissing the fine as paltry and the required changes as inadequate for protecting children’s privacy.

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