Aug 19 Google Inc is considering
allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and
give their parents control over how the service is used,
according to media reports.
Google has been working on a version of YouTube, its
video-sharing site, for youngsters and is considering other
child-friendly accounts such as its Gmail system, the Financial
Times reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. (on.ft.com/1pXMWYF)
Internet companies such as Google and Facebook Inc do
not offer their services to children under 13, but it is tough
to catch users who sign up by providing false information.
A U.S. law called Children's Online Privacy Protection Act,
or COPPA, imposes strict controls on the collection and use of
information about children under 13.
Google's effort is partly driven by the fact that some
parents are already trying to create accounts for their children
and the company wants to make the process easier and compliant
with the rules, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a
person familiar with the effort. (on.wsj.com/VAUdml)
Google's move was first reported by technology news website
The Information. (bit.ly/1leEgOZ)
Google spokesman Peter Barron declined to comment on what he
called "rumors and speculation".
(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bangalore and Eric Auchard
in Vienna; Editing by Savio D'Souza)