Google and Apple among tech groups probed by ICO on endangering children
40 tech companies including Google and Apple are being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK’s data protection regulator.
This follows an investigation alleging the companies were endangering children online and breaching the UK’s Children’s Code.
Social media, gaming and video/music streaming companies are being investigated to probe location tracking, personalising content and advertising, and behavioural nudges like automatically playing videos.
Google and Apple were not in the original batch of companies contacted in the audit launched by the ICO in August.
Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said that investigations are focused on information which ‘indicates potential poor compliance with privacy requirements’, with a risk of potential harm to children.
Breaches of the Age-Appropriate Design Code (or Children’s Code) carries penalties, including a fine of up to 4 per cent of company global turnover.