YouTube faces £2bn legal action for alleged misuse of child data

A class action style law suit valued at £2bn has been filed in the High Court against Google, focusing on subsidiary YouTube’s handling of child user data.

The action alleges that YouTube collected the data of over 5 million British children without parental consent. The requirement of parental consent is enshrined in the General Data Protection Regulation and UK Data Protection Act 2018.

The claimant, privacy expert Duncan McCann, is represented by litigation specialist firm Hausfeld and supported by tech rights group Foxglove.

See coverage from the BBC and Business Wire.

Citation: UK Labour Law Blog: Surveillance and working from home during covid-19

The UK Labour Law Blog has an excellent piece examining how surveillance of employees in the workplace conflicts with the right to privacy in the covid work from home environment.

Phillipa Collins, Lecturer of Law at the University of Exeter, examines the privacy issues bought into play by increased working for home arrangements where the traditionally private space of the home meets working life.

Cited with compliments: (P Collins, ‘The Right to Privacy, Surveillance-by-Software and the “Home-Workplace”’, UK Labour Law Blog, 3 September 2020, available at https://uklabourlawblog.com)