A lawsuit against Google last year is allowed to continue over the tech giant’s objections. This determined a California judge, writes Bloomberg. Google’s Chrome browser violates user privacy.
The indictment says Google collects information from people when they use Chrome in private mode. Prosecutors call this illegal and want Google Alphabet’s parent company to pay $ 5 billion (€ 4.2 billion) in damages. It’s a case people can join if they think they’ve been victimized by Google’s practices.
The tech company tried to have the case dropped, but the judge wrote in his ruling that Google “has not informed users that Google collects data when the user is in private mode.”
According to Google, it is clearly indicated to users that “incognito” does not mean “invisible”. User activity may still be visible on the websites they visit and the advertising services using the websites during a private session.
Google says it disputes the allegations of the trial and will “vigorously defend itself against it.” The company recalls that the search engine is frank and honest about the data it collects in private mode. “As we make clear whenever users open a new incognito tab, websites may be able to collect information about search activity,” the spokesperson said.