Google Sued by New Mexico Over Collecting School Kids’ Personal Data

Google Sued by New Mexico Over Collecting School Kids’ Personal Data

Tech giant Google is facing a new lawsuit on Thursday filed by the state of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas in US District Court in Albuquerque. Accusing the company of illegally collecting the personal information of young students without the required parental consent.

The students who use free Chromebook laptops provided to schools through the company’s G Suite for Education software package, which includes email and writing tools.

Google gathered troves students personal information, including data of their physical locations, YouTube videos they watched, internet searches, visited websites, voice recordings, contact lists and saved passwords, among other details Mr Balderas said in a federal lawsuit.

Mr Balderas said Google had failed to get parental consent from children under 13 and collected their data for commercial purposes, in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

“Student safety should be the number one priority of any company providing services to our children, particularly in schools,” Mr Balderas said. “Tracking student data without parental consent is not only illegal, but it is also dangerous, and my office will hold any company accountable who compromises the protection of New Mexican children.”

The lawsuit’s claims were “factually wrong,” Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesman, said.

“G Suite for Education permits schools to manage account access and requires that schools obtain parental consent for minor when necessary, we do not use personal data from users in primary and secondary schools to target ads,” he said in a statement.

In September, Google agreed to pay a $170 million fine to settle federal and New York State charges that it broke federal law by collecting personal information about children on YouTube.

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