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Texas https://gagarin.news/ua/events/token-2049-singapore/ sued Google for collecting biometric data
Texas authorities filed a lawsuit against Google in connection with the collection and use of biometric data from users without consent. This is written by Engadget.
According to the Prosecutor General of Texas Ken Pacoston, the company is suspected of violating the state law on the collection and use of biometric identifiers adopted in 2009.
According to the department, Google scanned and stored information about the face and voice without the consent of users in Photos and Assistant applications, as well as Nest devices. It is claimed that the company used the collected data for commercial benefits, teaching with their help artificial intelligence algorithms.
“The indiscriminate collection of Google personal information of Texas, including very confidential information like biometric identifiers, is unacceptable,” said Pacoston.
The prosecutor asked the court to ban the company to “capture, maintain or in any way use biometric identifiers received in Texas”. Pacoston also demanded to stop performing voice or persons in the state.
According to the company’s law, a fine of $ 25,000 for each proven violation faces a fine of $ 25,000.
“I will continue to deal with great technologies to ensure the confidentiality and safety of all Texas,” said Pacoston.
The representative of Google said that the prosecutor’s office is incorrectly characterizing the company’s products.
“For example, Photos helps to systematize photos of people, grouping similar faces to facilitate the search for old pictures. This can be seen only to users, the function is easy to turn off, ”the technical gigant said in a statement.
The company noted that they do not use photos or videos for advertising purposes. The same applies to Voice Match and Face Match on Nest Hub Max:
“These functions are disabled by default and give users the opportunity to allow Assistant to recognize their voice or face to display their information”.
Google expects to prove their case in court.
Recall that in June, Illinois authorities fined $ 100 million for recognizing persons in Photos.
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