Google to Delete Billions of Browsing Records in ‘Incognito Mode’ Privacy Lawsuit Settlement


Google has agreed to purge billions of data records reflecting users’ browsing activities to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the search giant tracked them without their knowledge or consent in its Chrome browser.

The class action, filed in 2020, alleged the company misled users by tracking their internet browsing activity who thought that it remained private when using the “incognito” or “private” mode on web browsers like Chrome.

In late December 2023, it emerged that the company had consented to settle the lawsuit. The deal is currently pending approval by the U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.

“The settlement provides broad relief regardless of any challenges presented by Google’s limited record keeping,” a court filing on April 1, 2024, said.

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