Google has agreed to settle two lawsuits from New Mexico, both of which allege the major tech giant violated several children’s privacy laws.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the settlement on Monday. Government sued Google last year, alleging that the company illegally collected information about students through its educational product suite.
The state says Google violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the state’s Unfair Conduct Act by collecting as much information as the websites children visited. and videos they watched on YouTube. The lawsuit says that until 2014, Google used information it collected from its educational products in New Mexico schools “for advertising purposes.”
As part of the agreement, Google will fund an initiative in the state to “advance the education, privacy, and safety of New Mexico children statewide,” Balderas’ office said. know in statement.
The tech giant will also require Play Store apps to use age screening tools to ensure they don’t collect information about children under 13. The attorney general’s office also said the company would work to “enhance parents’ visibility into what information apps are collecting from their children. ”
“There are incredible risks lurking online and we should do everything we can to protect children’s privacy,” Balderas said in a statement. “I am pleased that we ask Google to put the safety of our students first and that we can partner with Google on our shared commitment to innovation and education, putting these funds where they can do the best.”
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* First published: December 15, 2021, 9:29 a.m. CST
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