Google Sued Over Incognito Mode Privacy Concerns

Google Sued Over Incognito Mode Privacy Concerns

A new lawsuit is being brought against Google for their handling of private user data in the Chrome web browser. Specifically, this lawsuit centers on Chrome’s incognito mode, which is intended to facilitate anonymous Internet access. According to the suit, Google still collects browsing data while the users are in incognito mode or private browsing mode. They note Google has become “an unaccountable trove of information so detailed and expansive George Orwell could’ve never have dreamed it.”

Google responded to the suit with this statement: “Incognito mode in Chrome gives you the choice to browse the internet without your activity being saved to your browser or device. As we clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity during your session.” However, some analysts feel this is a violation of federal wiretapping laws. Users should not be led to believe their data is confidential when it isn’t protected. The plaintiffs are seeking $5000 per user affected putting the total suit well above $5 Billion.

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