Washington (dpa) - Google pays $ 170 million fine on charges of US authorities that the company's video platform Youtube has illegally collected data from children to display advertising.
The settlement payment ends investigation by the Consumer Protection Agency FTC and the New York Procuratorate. At the same time, Google and Youtube assured that children-centric videos should be clearly labeled in the future, and that they would get verified parental consent before collecting data.
The FTC called the $ 170 million on Wednesday a record-breaking fine - but Google posted a profit of just under $ 9.95 billion last quarter alone.
In the US, it is illegal by law to collect data from children under the age of 13 without parental consent. However, following complaints by consumer protection groups, the FTC and the New York Procuratorate concluded that Youtube violated this rule.
The investigators specifically targeted Youtube channels from toy manufacturers such as Mattel and Hasbro. In them, personalized advertising has been placed - and the platform has knowingly accepted the fact that it also data about the Youtube use have been collected by children, is the allegation. The comparison is - as is common in the US - not associated with an admission of guilt.
The two FTC members from the Democratic Party voted against the settlement because he did not go far enough. The Republicans hold but three seats in the authority.
Communication from the FTC