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The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act limits how companies can collect data on children under 13 years old. The act, which went into effect in 2000, requires websites to post privacy policies and get parental consent before obtaining the data. The law includes fines for companies that fail to comply with COPPA. The FTC has also been criticized for being overly lax in enforcing the law, with advocates saying it doesn’t go far enough. In September, the FTC announced a record-breaking penalty against YouTube, in which the Google-owned service agreed to pay $170 million to settle alleged COPPA violations.