A judge recently ruled that Google will have to face a lawsuit from plaintiffs who accuse the Chrome browser of tracking users while they use incognito mode. A lawsuit filed in the United States explains that Google Chrome still allows websites to collect personal information on users. More detailed, „Google knows who your friends are, what your hobbies are, what you like to eat, what movies you watch, where and when you like to shop, what your favorite vacation destinations are, what your favorite color is, and even the most intimate and potentially embarrassing things you browse on the internet.” A federal judge on Friday denied the tech giant’s request for dismissal of the lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion from Google and its parent company, Alphabet. “The court concludes that Google did not notify users that Google engages in the alleged data collection while the user is in private browsing mode,” US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, wrote. Google says that each time users open a new incognito tab, they are informed that websites might be able to collect information about their browsing activity during your session. It’s not clear the general public is aware of Incognito’s true behavior.
Google declared: „ We strongly dispute these claims and we will defend ourselves vigorously against them. Incognito mode in Chrome gives you the choice to browse the internet without your activity being saved to your browser or device. As we clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity during your session.”