Google Assistant Violates Biometric Law, Ill. Consumers Say

By Sarah Martinson (July 17, 2019, 5:20 PM EDT) -- Three Illinois residents have hit Google with a suit alleging the tech giant violates the state's cornerstone privacy law by surreptitiously sharing audio of them from their Google Assistant-enabled devices with third parties.

The lawsuit, filed in a Cook County court Monday by Nyltza Morales, Ritu Kathpalia and a minor identified only as D.Z.K., alleges Google has acted negligently and irresponsibly by saving voice recordings of them and having contractors transcribe the audio without their consent in the name of improving its voice-activated products.

"Unfortunately, Google disregards these statutorily imposed obligations and fails to inform persons that a biometric identifier or biometric...

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