Google incognito window users are likely to get $5,000 compensation after a U.S court filed a class-action lawsuit against Google for allegedly gathering data while users an in incognito mode.
The lawsuit argues that Google has been tracking and collecting browsing history and any other web activity regardless of the safeguarding restrictions promised by the company to the user. Apparently, Google collects the data via google analytics, Google Ad Manager and other applications and website plug-ins which is unlawful. If successful, the company will have to pay for damages of $5,000 (£4,000) for each individual who has used incognito mode since June 1, 2016.
The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by a partner at the Boies Schiller Flexner law firm, stated that the action is due to “Google’s unlawful and intentional interception and collection” of confidential communications without the consent of the individuals concerned. “Even,” the complaint continued, “when those individuals expressly follow Google’s recommendations to prevent the tracking or collection of their personal information and communications.”
Normally, Google displays a notification to let browse incognito and continues to confirm that other people using the device cannot see your browsing activity. While this notification does say that downloads and bookmarks will be saved, it maintains that browsing history, cookies, site data and form inputs will not.
The data collected then assists the company in learning about user trends, hobbies and shopping habits.
Google through its spokesman Jose Castaneda disputes the claims and plans to defend itself vigorously against the allegations terming them untrue. “Incognito mode in Chrome gives you the choice to browse the internet without your activity being saved to your browser or device,”
“As we clearly state each time you open a new Incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity during your session.”