Google, Others Shake Kids' Data Gathering Suit For Now

By Allison Grande (December 22, 2020, 10:47 PM EST) -- A California federal judge has shut down a putative class action accusing Google, Cartoon Network, Mattel and a handful of other companies of illegally collecting children's personal information through YouTube for targeted advertisements, finding that the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act expressly preempts plaintiffs' state law privacy claims. 

A group of parents, suing on behalf of their children, claim that Google, its subsidiary YouTube and several companies that operate popular child-directed YouTube channels have invaded the privacy of users under 13 by gathering their personal information in order to create individual profiles vital to the distribution of targeted advertising. The plaintiffs...

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