Google Faces Hefty Penalty Over User Privacy Violation In Texas From This Big Tech Critic

Google Faces Hefty Penalty Over User Privacy Violation In Texas From This Big Tech Critic
  • The Texas attorney general prosecuted Alphabet Inc GOOG GOOGL Google for allegedly collecting Texans' facial and voice recognition information without their explicit consent.
  • In yet another violation of Texans' privacy, Ken Paxton alleged that Google had collected millions of biometric identifiers, including voiceprints and records of face geometry, from Texans through its products and services like Google Photos, Google Assistant, and Nest Hub Max. 
  • Google's exploitation of the personal information of Texans for its commercial interests is a knowing violation of the state's Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act.  
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  • Violators of the law face fines of up to $25,000 per violation, the New York Times reports.
  • Paxton said Google had millions of users in Texas who were potentially affected.
  • In 2020, Paxton's office, joined by nine other states, filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. 
  • After January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, Paxton sent investigative demands to Twitter Inc TWTRAmazon.com Inc AMZNApple Inc AAPL, Meta Platforms Inc META Facebook and Google, seeking details of their content moderation practices. 
  • In 2022, he launched an investigation into Twitter over fake accounts.
  • Price Action: GOOG shares traded lower by 1.90% at $98.62 in the premarket on the last check Friday.
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