Ken Paxton accuses Google of illegal collection of biometric data

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a suit accusing Google of collecting the private data of Texas residents without their consent.

In the lawsuit announced Thursday, Paxton alleged that the Big Tech company had unlawfully captured and used the biometric data of Texans, including voice prints, facial geometry, and other elements that popular apps such as Google Photos or Google Assistant may collect.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during a hearing in Austin, Texas.

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“Google’s indiscriminate collection of the personal information of Texans, including susceptible information like biometric identifiers, will not be tolerated,” Paxton said in a press statement. “I will continue to fight Big Tech to ensure the privacy and security of all Texans.”

Paxton said that Google ran afoul of the state’s Capture or Use of Biometric Identifiers Act. The act was passed in 2009 and requires businesses and tech companies to inform customers that they are collecting biometric data.

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Paxton has at least three ongoing lawsuits against Google. He first filed a “multi-state lawsuit against Google for anti-competitive conduct, exclusionary practices, and deceptive misrepresentations” in 2020. He followed up with suits against Google in 2022, arguing that the search engine had dominant control of the ad market as well as deceptive tracking practices.

Google did not respond to requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.

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