Fortenberry Statement on Google Settlement with FTC for its Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Sep 4, 2019
Press Release

(Lincoln, NE) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) offered the following statement today after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Google, LLC and its subsidiary YouTube, LLC would pay a record $170 million to settle allegations by the FTC and the New York Attorney General that YouTube illegally collected personal data on children without parental consent.

“With success should come responsibility. Parents should have confidence that their kids are safe online and that tech giants like Google are respecting their privacy and not marketing to them,” Fortenberry said. 

“This is the first government foray at questioning the controlling dominance and market manipulation of big tech.  A 170-million-dollar fine is a drop in the bucket to Google, but it is ten times larger than all previous COPPA fines combined,” Fortenberry added. 

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).