The latest version of Google’s mobile search app now allows users to search for kids gardening equipment, with a search bar that allows users even more flexibility.
The app also features the “Kids Gardening” section, which offers a series of categories of items that can be bought at hardware stores, online, and on the app.
Google announced the new feature on Thursday, just days after a group of young children in a Connecticut suburb filed a class-action lawsuit against the search giant.
The suit accuses Google of “peddling and selling child pornography and making a profit by allowing its users to buy and sell child pornography on Google’s platform.”
Google is appealing the lawsuit, and it’s unclear if the new search feature will be removed in a future update.
But some experts are concerned that Google could inadvertently allow parents to search through their children’s personal information, like their names and addresses.
It’s also unclear if Google will make any changes to its app in the future.
“I’ve been watching this stuff for years,” said Dan Ruggiero, an expert on digital privacy who teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“I think that’s the big question for Google.
If you make it easier for people to access and abuse kids’ personal information… what happens to other people?”
For many parents, the answer to that question is complicated.
In a recent survey, Ruggieresaid parents were more than twice as likely to find an item that could be used for child pornography, and more than four times as likely as parents to say they had sold a child pornography item.
“The problem is it’s not a real question of whether Google is making this kind of thing easier, but what are they doing about it,” Ruggiesaid.
Ruggierosuggest that Google should change the way it’s marketing its products, adding that a new advertising campaign might also be a good idea.
A spokesperson for Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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