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Texas Sues Google After Collecting Biometric Data Without Consent

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Texas has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly collecting biometric data from millions of Texas users without their consent. According to the complaint, Google has been collecting for more than a decade.

In a statement issued by the Attorney General’s Office on Thursday, Google has been collecting data for people’s faces, voices, and other biometric data without their informed consent for more than a decade.

Google Photos, Google Assistant, and Nest Hub Max are the products believed that gather data.

The complaint said that: 

“In blatant defiance of that law, Google has, since at least 2015, collected biometric data from innumerable Texans and used their faces and their voices to serve Google’s commercial ends,” and added “Indeed, all across the state, everyday Texans have become unwitting cash cows being milked by Google for profits.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that the “indiscriminate collection” of such data “will not be tolerated.”

The complaint is one of many filed by states against Google in January for allegedly stealing customer data.