Lawsuit against YouTube for violation of children's privacy in UK

The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of Justice against YouTube for the collection of data from children under 13 years of age without the consent of their parents. with the BBC.

According to Duncan McCann, privacy expert and plaintiff in this case, the collection activity was in violation of the laws of the United Kingdom and the European Union (that is, the GDPR). Additionally, it noted that, if the lawsuit is successful, the damages that would have to be paid could be around 100 to 500 pounds for those whose data was breached.

The lawsuit seeks damages of 2 billion pounds for some five million British children, as well as their parents. The children on behalf of whom the lawsuit was filed were those whose data had been collected since May 2018, the date the GDPR went into effect.

For its part, a YouTube spokesperson pointed out that the platform is not for use by children under 13 years of age. Additionally, he argued that the launch of YouTube Kids (space designed expressly for children) has precisely the purpose of protecting the privacy of children's information. In the same way, it is the case of Kids Space (launched by Google), as we reviewed in a previous note.

On the other hand, YouTube noted that it does not sell the information it collects to advertising companies.

Finally, the Hausfeld law firm indicated that they will support the case led by McCann.

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Marilú Lazo
Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). She has experience in corporate advice, as well as in matters of personal data protection and new technologies.

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