The FTC has been receiving children's privacy complaints against YouTube for several years, according to previous reports. COPPA mostly prohibits companies from collecting data from users under 13 and from targeting them with custom ads. In order to better protect children using the internet these days, the agency intends to investigate how COPPA is enforced, as many young users have access to sites and video games that were not made for them.
Since Posten's sources are not authorized to talk about the problem, the exact amount and terms of the settlement are still unclear. A multimillion dollar penalty is likely to be a chump change for a massive company like Google, and the FTC officials were allegedly shared by the settlement. It was allegedly supported by the agency's three Republicans and the opposite of the two Democrats. That said, the agency's decision can affect the technology industry as a whole. As Post noted, the problems for individuals who are concerned with Google are also applicable to other technology and gaming companies.