New York (The Verge) — Google sued by New Mexico attorney general for collecting student data through Chromebooks theverge.com/2020/2/20/2114….
Google is facing a new lawsuit filed by the state of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on February 20th, alleging that Google’s Chromebook education program violates student privacy.
The data the suit accuses Google of collecting includes sensitive information like physical locations, web and search histories, YouTube viewing habits, contact lists, passwords, and voice recordings, the complaint says. The suit also claims Google used this information to serve its advertising business up until April 2014, and that the company has stored this data in personalized profiles for each student that participates in its G Suite for Education program. It also accuses of Google of not properly disclosing this data collection and not giving parents a way to view and limit the data collection.
“These practices do not simply violate federal law, nor do they merely impact children under the age of 13,” the complaint reads. “Covertly monitoring children of all ages, despite unambiguous representations to the contrary, violates longstanding rights rooted in the common law as well as New Mexico’s statutory prohibitions on unfair, deceptive, and unconscionable business practice.” — Nick Statt/@verge