Cicilline Blasts FTC’s YouTube Settlement

PAWTUCKET – House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) refused to hold Google accountable for serious violations regarding data collection and targeting of children on YouTube:


“Just a few weeks after the FTC gave Facebook a sweetheart deal, they’re now giving Google the same family and friends treatment. Google illegally harvested data from children on YouTube. They illegally and relentlessly targeted kids with ads. They knew what they were doing was wrong, but they did it anyway.”


“The seriousness of this misconduct cries out for a serious penalty. In this regard, the FTC has failed to deliver. This fine is barely even a fraction of Google’s annual revenue. No single executive is being held accountable, and this settlement does nothing to change the incentives that led Google to break the law in the first place.”


“The FTC is supposed to protect consumers, not powerful corporations. They failed to do that here.”