Reviewed October 8th, 2020
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YouTube is a free video sharing website that makes it easy to watch, upload, and share online videos. You can easily create and upload videos to share to the entire world. It is one of the most popular websites on the internet, and has recently started its own music streaming platform as well.

Breach History

Has there ever been a breach or data leak?


Date of last breach

August 2020

A database breach had exposed hundreds of millions of profiles on Tik Tok, Instagram, YouTube, and more. This breach contained personable information such as name, contact information, statistics, and more. Supposedly around 3 million account records were scraped from YouTube.

Privacy Checklist

Does it meet our minimum privacy standards?

Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?


Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?


Does it use cookies, telemetry, or third-party tracking scripts?


Is the privacy policy user-friendly (easy to understand)?


Does it have parental controls?


Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?


Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?


Does it require you to create a strong password?


Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?


Does it have a privacy policy?


How Can It Snoop?

What sensitive hardware access requirements does it have?

Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?


Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?


Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?


Account Requirements

What information is required to create an account or use it?

Does it require an email address to use?


Does it require a phone number to use?


Does it require an address (home or office) to use?


Payment Options

What payment methods are available?

Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?


Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?


Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?


Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?


What Could Go Wrong?

What's the worst case scenario for your data?

YouTube does not allow dangerous or illegal activities in their videos. The safety of creators, viewers, and partners is of high standard to YouTube. There is age restricted content so be aware. YouTube should be safe to use for anyone.

How Does It Share Your Data?

Where is your data going? Who has access to it?

It does not seem YouTube shares your information with third parties. However, Google has acquired YouTube and may tailor ads to you based on information YouTube preferences.

Good Things

Why should you use it?

  • Easy to use, so many videos you can watch.
  • YouTube is a pretty safe video platform to use.
  • Be sure to enable YouTube Safety Mode.

Bad Things

What are the downsides?

  • Be wary of age-restricted content and what your children watches.

Final Thoughts

By using Google services, Google obtains information such as your search history, location, websites and apps you have used, videos and ads you have seen, and more, which allows them to target you with personalized ads. Therefore, Google should not be wholeheartedly trusted to protect your personal information.

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