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YouTube illegally collecting data on children: Protection groups

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KATHMANDU — Just days after Facebook data scandal, a coalition of 23 child advocacy,consumer and privacy groups have accused You Tube that the world’s largest video sharing site has been collecting data and that even of children.

The groups have filed a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission alleging that Google is violating child protection laws by collecting personal data of and advertising to those aged under 13, The Guardian reported.

The group, which includes the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the Center for Digital Democracy and 21 other organisations, alleges that despite Google claiming that YouTube is only for those aged 13 and above, it knows that children under that age use the site.

The group states that Google collects personal information on children under 13 such as location, device identifiers and phone numbers and tracks them across different websites and services without first gaining parental consent as required by the US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa), according to The Guardian.

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The group, in its complaint, has alleged that despite the search-engine giant claiming that the video-sharing website is only for those aged 13 and above, Google is aware that children below that age use the site.

According to the group, Google collects personal information in the form of location, device identifiers and phone numbers and uses it to track them across different websites and services without first obtaining parental consent as required by the Coppa.

“Google profits immensely by delivering ads to kids and must comply with Coppa (US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). It’s time for the FTC to hold Google accountable for its illegal data collection and advertising practices,” The Guardian quoted Josh Golin, a member of the group, as saying.

In this regard, a YouTube spokesperson said: “While we haven’t received the complaint, protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us. We will read the complaint thoroughly and evaluate if there are things we can do to improve.”

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Balmiki Education Foundation School students develop robot

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BHADRAPUR— Students from Balmiki Education Foundation based in Birtamodh, Jhapa have developed several instruments including robot, drone and censor car.

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Eighth grader Roshan Kumar Saha and his colleagues made a robot at the cost of Rs 180,000.
The robot developed by the students was kept at Science Exhibition of the school on Monday.

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