Alphabet Investors Tell Judge Board Willfully Ignored COPPA

By Hannah Albarazi (July 29, 2021, 10:14 PM EDT) -- Alphabet investors warned a California federal judge Thursday that he would set a "dangerous precedent" if he let Google and YouTube's parent company, Alphabet, and its top brass dodge a derivative action alleging that the tech behemoth knowingly collected children's online data in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Counsel for the Alphabet investors, who sued the company, its officers and directors in 2019 after YouTube's $170 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over alleged COPPA violations, told U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg at a remote hearing Thursday that the defendants' assertion that they could not have anticipated the FTC's...

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