Texas Sues Google for Gathering Biometric Data

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Google for alleged “blatant defiance” of Texas’s biometric privacy law, which prohibits capturing biometric identifiers without prior consumer consent. The complaint alleges that several Google products, including Google Home, Nest, and Google Photos, collect and catalog biometric identifiers such as facial structure and voice print.

Texas seeks penalties of $25,000 per count, an injunction enjoining Google from collecting biometric identifiers without Texas consumers’ consent, and an order forcing Google to destroy the biometric data it has already collected. Google plans to fight the suit and claims users were free to turn off biometric features.