Judge claims Google tracks users even in Incognito mode
A judge in California, USA ruled that Google has to face a lawsuit. The judge claims the search giant tracks the users even when they’re using its private mode, “Incognito mode”, Bloomberg reported. Three users of Google filed a case against the tech giant last June. The users claim that Google has a “pervasive data tracking business”. Google tracks even users take steps to protect their private information. The lawsuit against Google was at least $5 billion. A US judge has surprised Google with a lawsuit that gives the search giant a penalty of $5 billion. According to the case, Google tracks users even in ‘Incognito mode’ on Chrome browser.
Meanwhile, a Google spokesperson gave American tech news website “The Verge” on Saturday, March 13 that the company will face the lawsuit’s claims. Google Chrome’s “Incognito mode” allows users to browse the internet without giving their location and activities to others. Earlier this year, Google announced that it is ruling out third-party tracking cookies. Google also says it doesn’t plan to replace the cookies with something other. However, it might affect the company’s advertising business.
Google believed the case was thrown out. But the US District Judge Lucy Koh wrote in her ruling. The ruling states that the company “did not notify users that Google engages in the data collection while the user was in private mode.” The tech giant said in a court filing that it makes clear to users “that ‘Incognito’ does not mean invisible. The user’s activity during the search may be visible to websites they visit, and any third-party analytics and ads services. In a ruling, District Judge Lucy Koh in the state of California claims that the tech giant “did not notify users that it engages in the alleged data collection while the user is in private browsing mode,” Bloomberg reported.
However, Google faced the same issue in previous years also. Moreover, if you’re an incognito mode user then there’s a chance google tracks you even in “incognito code.”