#childsafety | YouTube could be forced to pay £500 each to British parents in legal battle over app ‘spying on children’

YOUTUBE has been accused of breaching child privacy laws in the UK.

The video platform is now facing a legal battle after a claim was made to the High Court stating YouTube’s parent company, Google, had collected data of under-13s without their parents consent.

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Losing the court battle could be expensive for YouTubeCredit: Getty – Contributor

Privacy expert Duncan McCann is bringing the action against YouTube.

He has three children under the age of 13.

He thinks the platform has breached UK and European (EU) law.

YouTube has said that the platform isn’t supposed to be used by under-13s.

Damages have been estimated at over £2billion ($2.6billion)2

Damages have been estimated at over £2billion ($2.6billion)Credit: Alamy

However, many users 13 and under do have YouTube accounts.

McCann thinks if his case is successful then YouTube might have to pay between £100 and £500 to parents of children whose data was breached.

He told the BBC: “When the internet first emerged, we used to be worried about how children used the internet.

“That is still a problem, but now it’s a two-way street.

“We need to focus on how the internet is using our children, and ask ourselves if we’re comfortable with them becoming a product for these digital platforms?

“That’s the future I don’t want”

McCann estimates that damages of over £2billion ($2.6billion) are being sought for around five million children in the UK, along with their parents and guardians.

YouTube and Google are accused of breaching the UK’s Data Protection Act and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations.

The new Data Protection Act law came into place in 2018.

This is why the case will focus on children who have watched YouTube since May 2018.

Campaign group Foxglove and law firm Hausfeld will reportedly be supporting Mr McCann’s case.

The legal battle isn’t expected to take place until next autumn.

We have reached out to YouTube for comment.

Top tips for keeping children safe online

Here’s some measures parents/guardians can take…

  • The Sun previously spoke to online safety expert Claire Stead, who shared her top tips for parents who want to make sure their kids aren’t getting access to any dodgy material online.
  • 1. Teach yourself: If you familiarise yourself with popular apps like Instagram and Snapchat then you’ll have a better idea of the risks your kids face, and how to prevent them.
  • 2. Check privacy settings: Major apps and services – like Facebook or your Sky TV box – have ways of restricting access for young people, so check through the settings thoroughly before letting your child onto a device.
  • 3. Get them offline: It’s key to remind children that there’s a whole world offline too, to help dampen the impact of potential cyberbullying – which Claire calls “the biggest concern around online safety”.
  • 4. Talk to them: Make sure children know the risks they face but also make them aware that they can talk to you when things go wrong – particularly if someone is being mean to them, or being sexual with them, online.
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And, Fortnite could be facing a year-long Apple ban, according to the game’s developer Epic Games.

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