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Google considering YouTube, Gmail accounts for children: Reports

Published on Aug 19, 2014 10:09 PM
 
Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and giving their parents control over how the service is used, according to media reports. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc is considering allowing online accounts for children under the age of 13 and giving 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.

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 United States law called the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or Copra, imposes strict controls on the collection and use of information about children under 13.

 
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