Google settles lawsuit over tracking people in ‘incognito mode’

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The lawsuit alleges that Google spied on people using “incognito” mode in its Chrome browser.

ANNOUNCEMENT

Google has agreed to settle a $5 billion (€4.5 billion) privacy lawsuit that alleged the tech multinational collected personal data even when users were in “private browsing mode.”

The private mode of Google’s Chrome browser is called “incognito mode”.

The class action lawsuit claims that Google misled users into believing that it would not monitor their Internet activities while using private mode.

It is claimed that when a user accessed a website that used Google technologies, the company continued to monitor users’ visits and activities on the site despite them being in “private” browsing mode.

The plaintiffs also charged that Google’s activities produced an “unexplained dump of information” on users who thought they had taken steps to protect their privacy.

The settlement, reached last week, still needs to be approved by a federal judge in the United States.

Terms were not disclosed, but the lawsuit originally sought $5 billion on behalf of users; The plaintiffs’ attorneys said they expect to submit a final settlement agreement to the court by Feb. 24.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the deal.

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