A U.S. appeals court revived a lawsuit against Google and several other firms due to violating the privacy of children under age 13 by tracking their YouTube activity without parental consent.
The lawsuit claimed that Google track the children’s activity in order to send them targeted advertising.
In addition, the lawsuit alleged that Google’s data collection violated similar state laws and that YouTube content providers such as Hasbro Inc, Mattel Inc, the Cartoon Network, and DreamWorks Animation lured children to their channels, knowing that they would be tracked.
Earlier this month, Google rolled out a new feature that will allow children to send a purchase request on Play Store for the manager of the family account to approve when there is no present payment method.
Kids can ask for approval for both paid apps and in-app purchases when the family hasn’t set up a payment method.
Once the family manager gets this request through a notification, they can use their own payment method, including Google Play gift cards, to approve the request and make the purchase. The manager can check these requests under the pending and history tabs.
This method will enable parents and guardians to have full control over the children’s purchases and family spending.