By JEFF AMY
Attorney General Jim Hood sued the California-based computer giant Friday in Lowndes County Chancery Court. Hood, a Democrat, says Google is breaking Mississippi consumer protection law by selling ads using data from services it provides to schools.
Hood wants a judge to order Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., to stop the practice. The suit says Google could be fined $10,000 for every student account in Mississippi. With half the state’s school districts using Google’s email, calendar and other online services, that amount could top $1 billion.
Google sued Hood in 2014, saying Hood’s wide-ranging attempts to investigate whether Google was aiding music pirating and illegal drug sales were illegal. An appeals court ruled in April that Hood’s inquiry was legal.