Google is facing a potential class-action lawsuit in U.S. claiming illegal privacy infringements that seeks at least $5 billion.
It was sued Tuesday in federal court in San Jose, California. The suit reportedly says data is tracked by Google services even when users are in "incognito" mode, and seeks $5,000 in damages per user since June 1, 2016, for alleged violations of federal and state laws. It’s said that Google collects data even when users are in "incognito" mode. "Billions of times a day, Google causes computers around the world to report the real-time internet communications of hundreds of millions of people to Google," according to the complaint.
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According to the complaint Google gathers data through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager and other applications and website plug-ins, including smartphone apps. This helps Google learn about users’ friends, hobbies, favorite foods, shopping habits, and even the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing things” they search for online. Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesman, said the company will defend itself vigorously against the claims. Boies Schiller & Flexner represents the plaintiffs Chasom Brown, Maria Nguyen and William Byatt.