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New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting personal data of school children


Added 02-20-20 03:10:03pm EST - “New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday filed a lawsuit against ...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting personal data of school children”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google, alleging that it acquired personal information from school children in the state violating their privacy rights.

Balderas alleged that the company used its suite of products such as Gmail, Calendar and Drives to collect information of students under 13 years of age, without parental consent.

He said the collection of personal data was in violation of the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and New Mexico’s Unfair Practices Act.

In 2018, Balderas filed a similar lawsuit against Google and few other tech companies alleging illegal data collection from mobile apps made for children. The companies have denied any wrongdoing, and the case awaits a decision by a federal judge.

In September last year, Google’s YouTube video service was asked to pay $170 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle allegations that it broke federal law by collecting personal information about children.

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