Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode is now facing a $5 billion class-action lawsuit which alleges Google Chrome tracking users during private browsing sessions.
The lawsuit alleges Google is in violation of wiretapping and privacy laws for intercepting, tracking, and collecting communications when Chrome’s Incognito mode is in use.
Google has been attempting to get the lawsuit dismissed since it was filed in June 2020. A federal judge ruled the lawsuit must go forward.
In the judge’s ruling, it states Google doesn’t adequately inform users that their data can be collected in Incognito mode.
US District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, states:
The consumers who filed the case are taking issue with Google collecting data using other services while in Incognito mode.
For example, when a user visits a website in Incognito mode, Google Analytics still collects the user’s data.
The consumers who filed the suit say they were under the impression Incognito mode offered all encompassing privacy from data trackers.
Google disputes the claims via a statement provided by company spokesperson Jose Castaneda:
How clear does Google make it that users’ data can still be collected in Incognito mode? Let’s take a look.
When a user uses Google Chrome Incognito, Incognito states that “now you can browser privately, and other people who use this device won’t see your activity.”