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$5 bn lawsuit filed against Google in US for collecting user information even in incognito mode

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In US a lawsuit filed against Google on Tuesday accusing that the company illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in incognito Mode.

The class action seeks at least $5 Billion from Alphabet inc (Parent Company) for collecting user information in incognito mode of Chrome Browser.

Incognito Mode is a privacy feature in web browsers. When a user browse in such mode, the browser didn’t stored the net footprint of the users.

But in present time it was likely becoming a fashion to track user data even from privacy tab. Earlier Chinese tech manufacturer Xiaomi also caught red handed for sending users browsing data even in incognito mode while surfing in MI Browser.

Read More:- 4 popular Chinese apps you should boycott immediately as it is invading your privacy

The proposed class action likely includes “millions” of Google users who since 1 June 2016 browsed the internet in private mode according to law firm Boies Schiller Flexner who filed the claim on Tuesday in federal court in San Jose, California.

This helps Google learn about users’ friends, hobbies, favourite foods, shopping habits, and even the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing things” they search for online, the complaint said.

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.

Aditya Raj
Writer & Co-founder of InfotOnline.

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