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Google reaches out-of-court settlement in lawsuit targeting its “incognito” mode

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The amount of The amicable settlement remains unknown for the moment, but the applicants were asking for $5 billion.


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The American digital giant Google has agreed to reach an amicable agreement to avoid a trial in the context of a class action which it claimed US$5 billion in connection with its “incognito” browsing mode.

Participants in the class action alleged that the California giant spied on people who used private browsing mode in its Chrome browser – as well as similar “private” modes in other browsers.

In their class action filed in 2020, the plaintiffs claimed that Google misled its users into believing that their Internet activities would not be tracked when they used “incognito” mode.

However, they argues that Google's advertising technologies and other techniques continued to catalog details of users' visits and activities even if they used supposedly “private” browsing.

The out-of-court settlement, reached on Thursday, must still be approved by a US federal judge. Its terms were not disclosed, but the plaintiffs initially sought $5 billion on behalf of users.

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Teilor Stone

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