Google Enhances Chrome’s Incognito Warning to Acknowledge Tracking of Users in ‘Private’ Mode

“Contrary to these details, google in fact continues to collect, track, and harvest a user’s browsing data even while they are in Incognito Mode.” The lawsuit sought damages, restitution, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees and costs.In response to our question about the lawsuit, Google said, “We strongly dispute these claims, and the settlement acknowledges that Google denies all allegations of wrongdoing. And don’t know how it’s relevant enough to add the timeline again. And the judge required these clarifications to the current disclosures, In fact, Google passes the inspection because no evidence has been presented, not even during any discovery in this litigation, or that this conduct is occurring.”Judge’s Tentative ApprovalThe tentative settlement agreement requires Google to pay $3.2 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other expenses, with the rest of the money to be divided among several nonprofit organizations, according to the proposed settlement. The settlement website says that 8% of the fund (roughly $4.8 million) would be awarded to the lawyers who worked on the case—the exact total to be determined later.Potential settlement class members (California users who used Chrome’s Incognito mode without logging into a Google Account between June 1, 2020, and June 1, 2022), can file a claim to receive a payment from the fund. If each eligible user claims money, the per-person payment would be more than $11, the settlement website said. If the court approves the settlement, Google will also update its disclosures to better convey that Incognito mode doesn’t prevent data collection by third-party websites.After the court grants preliminary approval and a federal judge sets a settlement hearing date, class members will get an email notification and other information about the settlement and can file objections. The court’s approval isn’t guaranteed but is more than likely. The settlement website said that “The court may not approve the settlement, or the amount of fees or expenses sought by Class Counsel. If that happens, Google and Plaintiffs will do further litigation, and continue the case.”In conclusion, the updated warning on Chrome’s Incognito mode is being implemented following a class-action lawsuit from users accusing Google of privacy violations. The new warning makes it clear that Google and other websites can still collect user data while using the private browsing mode. The lawsuit is close to reaching a settlement, with Google agreeing to pay $3.2 million and update its disclosures to better convey that Incognito mode does not stop data collection by third-party websites.

Google has updated its Chrome browser to include a warning for users when they are using the “Incognito” mode, which was originally intended to offer private browsing. The warning now admits that websites may still be able to track user activity, despite being in this mode. This change comes as a response to a lawsuit in the US claiming that Google was not transparent about the fact that it collects browsing data even in Incognito mode. The update aims to inform users about the limitations of private browsing and the potential tracking of their online activity.

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