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Youtube, Gmail accounts for children under 13

Published: 19.08.2014
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According to media reports, Google Inc is considering to allow kids under the age of 13 to open their own personal account. Their parents will have control on how the services are being used.

Right now children under the age of 13 are not allowed to have a personal account under Google.
Internet company such as Facebook do not offer personal account to children below the age of 13 as well but there are plenty of children who sign up accounts by providing false information and its tough to catch these users.

Google is working on a version of Youtube, their video sharing site, for children and children-friendly accounts for Gmail, the Financial Times reported.

This move is partly driven by the fact that some parents are already creating account for their children and Google wants to make the process easier for them with compliant to the law. 

In Us, a law known as Children's Online Privacy Act, COPPA, imposes strict control on the collection and use of data about children under the age of 13.

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