A $ 5 billion lawsuit against Google claims that Chrome’s incognito mode spies on users.
A lawsuit proposal in the United States accused Google of violating federal wiretapping laws by monitoring users’ online activities in incognito mode.
According to Reuters , the lawsuit alleges that by covertly collecting information about what people view online and where they surf when they use Chrome’s private browsing mode, Google intentionally tricked customers into believing that they have control over the information they share with them. ‘company.
According to the complaint filed with the federal court of San Jose, California, the company collects data via Google Analytics , Google Ad Manager and other website applications and plug-ins, including smartphone apps, regardless of whether users do clicks on ads supported by the tech giant.
This helps society get to know friends, hobbies, favorite foods, shopping habits, and even the ” most intimate and potentially embarrassing things ” they are looking for online, the complaint said.
The tech giant has said it will defend itself ” vigorously ” from the charges.
“The incognito mode in Chrome offers the ability to browse the Internet without saving the activity on the browser or device,” said Google spokesman Jose Castaneda. “As we say clearly every time you open a new incognito tab, websites may be able to collect information about your browsing activity.”
The three plaintiffs argue that the lawsuit probably covers ” millions of Google users ” who have surfed the Internet since 1 June 2016 using incognito mode . The proposed class action therefore requires $ 5,000 in damages per user for violations of federal wiretapping and California privacy laws, in the amount of at least $ 5 billion.