The attorney general of the US state of New Mexico is suing Google, accusing the company of illegally collecting the personal data of school children.
The tech giant is alleged to have collected data on which websites pupils visited, passwords, videos watched, contact lists, and other information.
The data was allegedly gathered from Google’s Chromebook laptops and G Suite for Education program.
Google disputes the claim, with a spokesman calling it “factually wrong”.
Google Chromebooks and the G Suite for Education – which includes Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs and others – are offered for free to more than 60% of students in New Mexico, according to the lawsuit.
Attorney General Hector Balderas said Google had failed to get parental consent from children under 13 and collected their data for commercial purposes, in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.