Google sued in the US for tracking users’ “private” Internet browsing

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Google was sued on Tuesday for a class action lawsuit accusing the Internet research company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasive monitoring of their Internet usage via browsers set to “private” mode. The lawsuit is seeking at least $ 5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc. unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people are viewing online and where they are browsing, despite the fact that they are using what Google calls the Incognito mode. According to the lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, California, Google collects data via Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager and other website apps and plug-ins, including smartphone apps, that users click on ads supported by Google. This allows Google to know friends, hobbies, favorite foods, user shopping habits and even the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing”. the things “they are looking for online, according to the complaint. Google “cannot continue to engage in secret and unauthorized data collection from virtually all Americans with a computer or a phone,” the complaint said. Jose Castaneda, a spokesperson for Google, said the company, based in Mountain View, California, would vigorously defend itself against the allegations. “As we make it clear every time you open a new incognito tab, websites may be able to collect information about your browsing activity,” he said. While users may view private browsing as a safe haven, computer security researchers have long been concerned that Google and its competitors may increase user profiles by tracking identities across different browsing modes, combining private and ordinary internet browsing data. The complaint said that the proposed class likely includes “millions” of Google users who, since June 1, 2016, have browsed the internet in “private” mode. It is seeking at least $ 5,000 in damages per user for violating federal wiretapping and privacy laws in California. Boies Schiller & Flexner represents the applicants Chasom Brown, Maria Nguyen and William B yatt.



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