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Mom's lawsuit claims Google, YouTube are unlawfully collecting children's personal information

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By Marian Johns | Nov 12, 2019


SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California mother is claiming Google and YouTube - along with some channel owners such as Dreamworks, Hasbro and Mattel - are unlawfully invading the privacy of children younger than 13 by collecting their personal information while they view YouTube videos. 

Nichole Hubbard filed a complaint Oct. 25 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California-San Jose Division against Google LLC, YouTube LLC, Dreamworks Animation LLC, Hasbro Inc., Mattel Inc., Cartoon Network Inc. and others citing intrusion upon seclusion, unjust enrichment and other counts.

According to the suit, Hubbard alleges that the defendants have "caused the personal information of children viewing their channels to be collected for the purpose of creating individual profiles for those minors to enable defendants to subject the minors to targeted advertised based on their profiles."'

The plaintiff alleges her minor child watched monetized YouTube videos owned by the defendants and her child's personal information was collected for advertising purposes.

Hubbard seeks monetary and injunctive relief, a trial by jury and all other just relief. She is represented by Jonathan Levine, Elizabeth Pritzker, Bethany Caracuzzo and Caroline Corbitt of The Pritzker Levine Law Firm LLP in Oakland, California. 

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division case number 5:19-cv-07016

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