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- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issuing Google for its collection of biometric data.
- In the suit, Google is accused of collecting data on Texans using Google Photos and Google Assistant.
- This is a violation of the law, according to the Attorney General. Google did it without consent from Texans.
Google has been sued over allegedly infringing on the privacy rights of Texas residents.
According to Texas Attorney-General Ken Paxton’s website, he has filed a lawsuit against Google for “unlawfully capturing and using the biometric information of millions of Texans” without their consent.
Google is said to have collected millions upon millions of biometric identifiers like user fingerprints. They also kept detailed records about their facial geometry. Google Photos, Google Assistant and Nest Hub Max are all possible methods.
According to the Texas Attorney General, this is an “exploitation” of Texans’ personal info for “commercial interests.”
Attorney General Paxton continues by stating that “Google’s indiscriminate collection of the personal information of Texans, including very sensitive information like biometric identifiers, will not be tolerated. I will continue to fight Big Tech to ensure the privacy and security of all Texans.”
Google was sued in this case for violating privacy laws that a state had for citizens. This includes biometric data. Google Photos, which collects biometric information from users’ bodies through Google Photos was sued by the Illinois State Law earlier in the year.
The Face Grouping feature within Google Photos violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The feature automatically identifies people using AI in photos and arranges them into groups to make it easier for users to locate. Google was accused of violating user privacy in failing to inform users about its collection, and not obtaining consent.
Googe eventually agreed to the settlement of $100 million.
This lawsuit was filed by the Texas Attorney General. Android Central reached out Google to provide feedback on the subject, but Google has yet to respond.