New Mexico Sues Google Over Student Data

Low-cost Chromebooks have been incredibly popular in classrooms over the past several years,

But a new lawsuit by the New Mexico Attorney General alleges that Google is misusing the data that is collected from children under the age of 13 – violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

The lawsuit claims that Google is using its position to collect personal information – including information like geolocation, browsing and search history, contacts, and other sensitive information.

One of the most interesting points to me is that COPPA requires that digital platforms get parental consent. While I’m sure that parents were asked to sign a form or check a box, is that consent really freely given. That is, if a parent opted out of sharing information with Google (and 3rd parties) what would the ramification be for the student (and family)?

It will be interesting to see how far this goes, and what (if anything) comes from it.