In late 2019, I wrote an article for Vice about the privacy and advertising-related changes that have come to YouTube in the wake of a settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Google over allegations that YouTube violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). I’ve received several requests for interviews in the wake of that article to help illuminate this topic for a wider audience.
I recently spoke about COPPA with Jeff McArthur at Global News Radio 640 Toronto radio. Although COPPA is a US federal law that doesn’t directly apply in Canada, the new rules on YouTube apply to content uploaded to YouTube from anywhere in the world. Because American companies and their products play outsize roles in many other countries, United States law often has a significant impact on internet users regardless of their location.
Find the interview here in full: