SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is being accused of invading the privacy of students using laptop computers powered by the Internet company’s Chrome operating system.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, depicts Google as a two-faced opportunist in a complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission.
Google disputes the unflattering portrait and says it isn’t doing anything wrong.
The complaint alleges that Google rigged the “Chromebook” computers in a way that enables the company to collect information about students’ Internet search requests and online video habits. The foundation says Google is dissecting the activities of students in kindergarten through 12th grade so it can improve its digital services.
The complaint contends Google’s storage and analysis of the student profile violates a “Student Privacy Pledge” that the company signed last year.
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