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Virtual Legality Episode 98

YouTube’s doing what?! On Unintended Consequences, COPPA, and the FTC

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YouTube's announcement of the imminent demonetization and disenfranchising of all "children directed" content seemingly came out of the blue after years of conversation.

But what did the FTC, the New York Attorney General, and a 20 year old regulation have to do with it?

And why is the action probably as likely to harm kids and parents as to help them?

The law of unintended consequences has never been repealed...in Virtual Legality.

#YouTube #Google #COPPA


Discussed in this episode:

"Today we’re sharing several changes designed to better protect data on children’s content"
Tweet - September 4, 2019 - YouTube (@YouTube)
https://twitter.com/YouTube/status/1169238475633070085

"An update on kids and data protection on YouTube"
YouTube Blog - September 4, 2019
https://youtube.googleblog.com/2019/09/an-update-on-kids.html

"Google and FTC reach $170 million settlement over alleged YouTube violations of kids' privacy"
CNN - September 4, 2019 - Brian Fung
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/04/tech/google-youtube-ftc-settlement/index.html

"Google and YouTube Will Pay Record $170 Million for Alleged Violations of Children’s Privacy Law"
FTC Press Release - September 4, 2019
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2019/09/google-youtube-will-pay-record-170-million-alleged-violations

"CHILDREN'S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION RULE"
ECF Part 312
https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=4939e77c77a1a1a08c1cbf905fc4b409&node=16%3A1.0.1.3.36&rgn=div5


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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

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