Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in "private" mode.
Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode.
Google “cannot continue to engage in the covert and unauthorized data collection from virtually every American with a computer or phone,” the complaint said.
Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesman, said the Mountain View, California-based company will defend itself vigorously against the claims.
“As we clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity,” he said.
While users may view private browsing as a safe haven from watchful eyes, computer security researchers have long raised concern that Google and rivals might augment user profiles by tracking people’s identities across different browsing modes, combining data from private and ordinary internet surfing.
The complaint said the proposed class likely includes “millions” of Google users who since June 1, 2016 browsed the internet in “private” mode.
It seeks at least $5,000 of damages per user for violations of federal wiretapping and California privacy laws.
Report suggests that Google is facing a class-action lawsuit of $5 billion for illegally tracking user activities even in incognito mode.
Google is Being Accused of Breaching User Privacy via Tracking Users in Incognito Mode
The report suggests that the lawsuit in question is seeking at least $5 billion. Alphabet Inc is being accused of collecting information pertaining to what people browse on the internet, as well as where they browse despite being in incognito mode.
As per the complaint that is filed in the federal court of San Jose, California, Google is gathering data through various mediums such as Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager as well as other applications and website plug-ins. Smartphone applications are also included and it does not matter if the user is clicking on Google-supported ads.
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