Google has been sued in a class-action lawsuit in the US that claims the tech
giant collects user data without their consent even when browsing in ?private?
or incognito mode.
The lawsuit has been filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, and
[http://www.bloomberglaw.com/public/desktop/document/BrownetalvGoogleLLCetalDocketNo520cv03664NDCalJun022020CourtDocke?1591132864] that Google achieves this ?surreptitious tracking? of users via Google
Analytics, Google Ad Manager, and other application and website plug-ins like
Google applications on mobile devices and ?Google Sign-In button? for websites.
?Google?s practices infringe upon users? privacy; intentionally deceive
consumers; give Google and its employees power to learn intimate details about
individuals? lives, interests, and internet usage; and make Google ?one stop
shopping? for any government, private, or criminal actor who wants to undermine
individuals? privacy, security, or freedom,?claims
[https://www.bloomberglaw.com/public/desktop/document/BrownetalvGoogleLLCetalDocketNo520cv03664NDCalJun022020CourtDocke?1591132864] the lawsuit.
It has been filed by Plaintiffs Chasom Brown, Maria Nguyen, and William Byatt,
against Google and its parent company, Alphabet. It seeks $5 billion from Google
and Alphabet for breaching user privacy.
Jose Castaneda, a Google spokesman,told
[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-privacy-lawsuit/google-faces-5-billion-lawsuit-in-us-for-tracking-private-internet-use-idUSKBN23933H] Reuters that the search engine giant is going to defend itself vigorously?
against the claims. ?As we clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab,
websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity,?
mentioned the spokesperson.
[https://www.bloomberglaw.com/public/desktop/document/BrownetalvGoogleLLCetalDocketNo520cv03664NDCalJun022020CourtDocke?1591132864] states that Google continues to ?track, collect, and identify? user?s browsing
data in real time, which is ?in contravention of federal and state laws on
wiretapping and in violation of consumers? rights to privacy?.
This isn?t the first time when Google is facing a class-action lawsuit over
collecting data. Back in 2019, a collective lawsuit was filed in the UK against
Google for tracking personal data of 4 million iPhone users. It also settled
another class action lawsuit in 2019 where the search engine giant agreed to pay
$13 million as settlement amount. The lawsuit was filed over Google?s collection
of user?s private data via its Street View project.
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