Google has agreed to set up a privacy and online safety initiative for children in New Mexico, after being accused of violating U.S. law that governs children’s privacy on the internet.
Driving the news: Google LLC and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a settlement Monday over allegations Google violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and New Mexico state consumer protection laws.
The big picture: The settlement, which includes $3.8 million for the new initiative, is mostly a victory for Google, which wasn’t found to have broken COPPA and now gets its name on a children’s education and online safety project.
What they’re saying: “I’m pleased that we demanded Google put the safety of our school children first and that we’re able to partner with Google in our shared commitment to innovation and education,” said Attorney General Balderas in a release.
Details: Google and attorney general Balderas will identify recipients of the initiative’s funds. As part of the settlement, Google will also require…