Google sued for collating biometric data without user consent as it now seems like Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General is once again going after Google.
Google Sued For Collating Biometric Data without User Consent
Tech giant, Google is being sued at the moment in the state of Texas over the means with which it collects and makes use of personally identifiable data.
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton has once again submitted a lawsuit against Google in which he claims that the company did not adequately ask users in the state for consent for the collection of both facial and voice information. The attorney general alleges that Google through these set of actions has broken the law on biometric data of the state and also has done so many times and occasions since 2015.
Google Assistant, Google Photos, and Google’s Nest product series according to Paxton all collect data that it makes use of in improving its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. And as usual, Google has said that Paxton has it all wrong.
What Google Has To Say About the Lawsuit
“AG Paxton is once again mischaracterizing our products in another breathless lawsuit,“ José Castaneda, a spokesperson from Google said in a statement.
“For example, Google Photos helps you organize pictures of people, by grouping similar faces, so you can easily find old photos. Of course, this is only visible to you and you can easily turn off this feature if you choose and we do not use photos or videos in Google Photos for advertising purposes.”
“The same is true for Voice Match and Face Match on Nest Hub Max, which are off-by-default features that give users the option to let Google Assistant recognize their voice or face to show their information. We will set the record straight in court.”
Google Is Irritated and Fed Up With AG Paxton
If in the slightest you think that Google is irritated and are a bit fed up with Paxton then you may not be far off. Paxton for many times now has been chasing Google.
The Texas-based attorney general is heading a ‘coalition of states’ suing Google on antitrust grounds, claiming that the company illegally monopolized the online advertising technology market.
Paxton’s Case against Google and Facebook Was Thrown out Of Court in September 2022
Back in September of 2022, the claim of Paxton that both Facebook and Google colluded with one another over an online advertising deal was thrown out of court on the grounds that the companies in question only went after their own interests.
And also in the same ruling, the antitrust coalition case however was allowed to continue, so it just might be that this latest data privacy case could stick.