The problem seems to be with Google’s Incognito mode, which allows users to browse the web in private.
Lawyers at the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner say Google collected information about these browsing sessions, “even when these people expressly follow Google’s recommendations to prevent tracking or collecting their personal information and communications.”
When browsing Incognito mode, Google states that it does not record your browsing history, cookies, site data and data entered into the forms.
However, the tech giant is very clear that downloads and bookmarks will still be recorded.
The lawsuit states that Google “surreptitiously follows users” through various methods, including Google Analytics, the google Ad Manager and the Google Sign-In button.
Google denies these allegations, and says it will vigorously defend itself.
A spokesperson said: “The Incognito mode in Chrome gives you the choice to browse the Internet without your activity being recorded on your browser or device.
“As we clearly say every time you open a new incognito tab, websites may be able to collect information about your browsing activity during your session.”
Are you eligible?
If Google is forced to pay, many Chrome users could be online for a significant amount.
To be eligible, you will need to have used Google’s Incognito mode since June 1, 2016.
However, Google plans to defend itself against claims, so we wouldn’t bet on payment just yet!