The millions of children now taking online elementary school classes due to COVID-19 has proven to be a boon for Google, however the huge increase in usage comes at a time when the company is being sued by two entities for violating state and federal child privacy regulations for its other learning tools.

This week two California school children filed a complaint against Google alleging the company violated state and federal privacy protection laws aimed to keep children safe online. This joins a court filing made by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas in February alleging Google conducted illegal data collection using Chromebooks distributed for free to disadvantaged students.

“The types of information collected include geolocation information, websites visited, terms searched for on Google and YouTube, contact lists, voice recordings, and more. Federal law prohibits companies from collecting these types of information from children under 13 without parental consent,” Balderas said.

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