Recent article shows that YouTube was selling information of minors and breaking child privacy laws. Critics believe that this $170M is a slap on the wrist compared to the recent $5B fine from Facebook for recent privacy violations. Either way, this news proves that there needs to be an increased attention to protect some of the Internet’s most vulnerable people and in particular young children.

“These companies put children at risk and abused their power, which is why we are imposing major reforms to their practices and making them pay one of the largest settlements for a privacy matter in US history.

“My office is committed to protecting children and holding those who put our kids in harm’s way — both on and offline — accountable.”

Prosecutors noted that YouTube is one of the most popular websites for children and marketing materials have dubbed it the “favorite website for kids 2-12” and the “#1 website regularly visited by kids.”

These disturbing privacy violations show what a sad state of affairs we live in today in a time with near epidemic rates of human trafficking with children at every income level today.

Companies like YouTube should be much more responsible with the information they collect of minors knowing there are a host of criminals and bad organizations wanting to harm children and get at this type of information. So much for doing No Evil…

According to non-governmental U.S. sources;

  • Average age a victim enters trafficking is 11 to 14 years old
  • Approx 80% are women and children bought, sold and imprisoned in the underground sex service industry
  • Average life span of a victim is reported to be 7 years (found dead from attack, abuse, HIV and other STD’s, malnutrition, overdose or suicide)