Verizon/AOL helped advertisers track kids online, must now pay $5M fine [telecom]

Verizon-owned AOL helped advertisers track children online in order to
serve targeted ads, in violation of a federal children's privacy law,
and has agreed to pay a fine of $4.95 million, New York Attorney
General Barbara Underwood announced today.
"The Attorney General's Office found that AOL conducted billions of
auctions for ad space on hundreds of websites the company knew were
directed to children under the age of 13," Underwood's announcement
said. "Through these auctions, AOL collected, used, and disclosed
personal information from the websites' users in violation of COPPA
[Children's Online Privacy Protection Act], enabling advertisers to
track and serve targeted ads to young children."
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