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Data Privacy

Apr. 2, 2024

Google and plaintiffs reach multibillion-dollar settlement over incognito mode data tracking

Under the terms of the deal, Google will rewrite its disclosures to inform users that it collects private browsing data, delete billions of data records, allow incognito mode users to block third-party cookies by default, and delete "private browsing detection bits" that were uncovered by the plaintiffs.

Google LLC and a class of consumer plaintiffs asked a federal judge on Monday to approve a multibillion-dollar data privacy settlement resolving allegations that the tech giant tracked users' internet data while they were browsing in incognito mode. 

"We are pleased to settle this lawsuit, which we always believed was meritless. The plaintiffs originally wanted $5 billion and are receiving zero. We never associate data with users when they use incognito mode. We are happy...

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