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  • Previously in 2018, Balderas filed a similar lawsuit against the entity and few other tech companies alleging illegal data collection but from mobile apps made for children.

    Previously in 2018, Balderas filed a similar lawsuit against the entity and few other tech companies alleging illegal data collection but from mobile apps made for children. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 February 2020
Opinion

The magistrate expressed that the company violated the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and New Mexico’s Unfair Practices Act by collecting information of students under 13 years of age.

Once again giant tech company Google is under a legal suit, this time filed by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. The lawsuit allegates that Google acquired personal information from school children in the state violating their privacy rights.

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The magistrate expressed that the company violated the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and New Mexico’s Unfair Practices Act by collecting information of students under 13 years of age, without parental consent, through the use of its suite of products such as Gmail, Calendar and Drives.

This is the second time the federal judge starts a legal process against Google. Two years ago Balderas filed a similar lawsuit against the tech giant and few other companies arguing illegal data collection from mobile apps made for children. The accused part has denied any wrongdoing, and the case awaits a decision by a federal judge.

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

Social media companies have been facing regulatory scrutiny globally over their policies and data monitoring practices particularly for children. Earlier this month, Facebook Inc said it plans to add new tools and features for parental control in its messaging app for users under the age of 13.

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