Topline: The state of New Mexico sued Google on Thursday for allegedly collecting personal data from children through Google-powered laptops and software in classrooms, adding to the complaints and legal actions already taken against the company for violating privacy rights of students.
Key background: Google has already faced allegations it collects children’s data without parent permission. The company paid $170 million in September to settle a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission accusing YouTube of using viewership data to serve children targeted ads. And in 2016, a group of college students sued Google for scanning school email accounts without permission.
Crucial quote: “Student safety should be the number one priority of any company providing services to our children, particularly in schools,” said Balderas said in a statement. “Tracking student data without parental consent is not only illegal, it is dangerous; and my office will hold any company accountable who compromises the safety of New Mexican children.”
News peg: Google has slowly become a dominant force in classrooms across the country, with a growing group of teachers and school districts using Google products. The company says 25 million students and teachers currently use Chromebooks.
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