Responsibility for deception. Google will pay billions of dollars to customers for lying about Chrome's incognito mode
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Google agrees to settle Chrome lawsuit (Photo: Screenshot from Chrome)
Google agrees to $5 billion settlement of customer lawsuit. The tech giant was sued for tracking users of anonymous browsing mode in the Chrome browser.
In 2020, a lawsuit was filed against Google, in which the company was accused of tracking the activities of Chrome users, even in cases where they use anonymous browsing mode. The complaint said Google deceived people by giving them the impression that they could control what information they shared.
Google tried to dismiss the lawsuit, but the attempts were in vain. Now, according to Reuters and The Washington Post, Google has agreed to a settlement.. Details of the settlement have not yet been disclosed.. The proposals are due to be announced in court in February 2024.
The lawsuit alleged that Google violated California's federal wiretapping and privacy laws by tracking data from Incognito users to sell advertising.. This, the plaintiffs said, was confirmed by emails from Google executives.
The company denied the violations and argued that information is collected and transmitted to Google by sites that users visit, while Chrome allows you to visit web pages without storing information in the browser itself and on the device.
As NV Techno wrote, the plaintiffs demanded up to $5,000 in compensation for each affected user, of which there were likely millions. What the final amount of compensation will be is still unknown.
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