Google sued for allegedly collecting children's biometric data through classroom products, including face scans, "voiceprints"

by Bryan Brammer · Apr 4th, 2020 1:38 pm

Google is being sued for allegedly collecting children's biometric data, including face scans and "voiceprints," through the company's classroom products.

Two children from Illinois filed a lawsuit through their father Thursday claiming that Google had violated the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which regulates the use of facial recognition and other biometric technologies.

The complaint said that Google is using its program that provides school districts with Chromebooks and free access to G Suite for Education apps to create face templates and "voiceprints" of children.

Google's practice runs the risk of also violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that requires companies to get parental consent before collecting personal information from users under the age of 13.

The class action lawsuit is asking for damages of $1,000 for each member of the class or $5,000 each for each violation committed.


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