Is YouTube watching your kids? Advocates claim company collected data on millions of children
Monica Laliberte

Many companies pay for statistics about online users, and Consumers Union warns parents that children who use YouTube to watch video could be tracked and targeted.

Many parents don’t even think about how data on their kids’ viewing habits could be gathered, analyzed and then used to sell ads, which violates federal law.

Like a lot of kids, 8-year-old Maisie and her little sister, Violet, love to huddle over a tablet to watch videos on YouTube.

“They have an interest in something and they’ll type it in to see if there’s a video about that. They do a lot of funny songs,” their mother, Michelle VanNess, said.

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