Google is facing a major lawsuit over its Incognito Mode feature in Chrome.
Google has faced a lawsuit for tracking users despite the Incognito Mode feature in its Chrome web browser. The lawsuit says the company must also stop server biased monitoring, and that its failure to stop such surveillance violates federal eavesdropping laws, Bloomberg reported. The lawsuit amounts to $5 billion for Google or at least $5,000 per breach for millions of users.
Google tried to get away with the case based on Chrome’s Incognito Mode statement. Here you notice the message that is displayed every time you start the mode and that “your event is still visible to the websites you visit.” Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of California stresses that this is not enough. Judge Koh said the court concluded that Google did not inform users about the alleged data collection while the user was in incognitus mode.
Google said they strongly disputed the allegations and would vigorously defend themselves. It’s emphasized that Incognito Mode in Chrome gives users the option to browse the web without saving their activity to their browser or device. Each time a new hidden tab is opened, it is shared that websites can collect information about browsing activity during the session, as mentioned in the description.
The company says Incognito Mode does not use your existing cookie store, only eliminating cookies, history and autofill data created at the end of the session, while not providing “invincibility” by changing the way websites work.
We’re looking forward to how the case plays out.