Google accused of using school children data for marketing and personal usage
The digital rights activist organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has accused Google regarding stealing the private information of school going children.
EFF has contact United States trade authority, the Federal Trade Commission to further investigate this issue.
Meanwhile Google has stated that they have not violated their promise of not using the children’s data.
Further on, Google has also stated that the information regarding children data was used for the grooming of their own products and not for any advertisements or spamming means.
EFF has issued a written request to the Federal Trade Commission in which they have further stated that provision of Google Chrome Box was part of the Google apps education project. This contains a specific feature where all the personal information of the users attaches itself to the connected devices, and here no permission is asked from the users while sending their data forward.
The statement from EFF also facilitated that the sent information contains information regarding all the websites, viewed videos, and event the passwords.
The foundation has accused Google on the contrary to Google’s answer that the information is used for personal use marketing as well.
Whereas Google has stated that there are no advertisement content on YouTube and Chrome and they have not used the information for advertisement, spamming or personal use.
“Despite publicly promising not to, Google mines students’ browsing data and other information, and uses it for the company’s own purposes. Making such promises and failing to live up to them is a violation of FTC rules against unfair and deceptive business practices,” said EFF Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo. “Minors shouldn’t be tracked or used as guinea pigs, with their data treated as a profit center. If Google wants to use students’ data to ‘improve Google products,’ then it needs to get express consent from parents.”
Source EFF press releases