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New Mexico AG sues Google for collecting personal data of school children – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Google is seen in Davos, Switzerland Januar 20, 2020. Picture taken January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

(Reuters) – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) 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.

Google’s spokesman Jose Castaneda denied the claim and said school districts can decide how best to use Google for Education in their classrooms.

“G Suite for Education allows schools to control account access and requires that schools obtain parental consent when necessary”, he…

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