• Thu. Apr 25th, 2024

Google to Pay $5 Billion to Settle Privacy Lawsuit Over Tracking in Private Browsing Mode

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 2, 2024
Data vanishes while in disguise

The proposed settlement, valued at $5 billion in Monday’s filing, was calculated by assessing the value of the data Google has stored and will have to destroy, as well as the data it will be restricted from collecting in the future. If approved by a federal judge in California, the settlement could impact 136 million Google users. The lawsuit, Brown v. Google, was initiated by Google account holders who alleged that the company was illegally tracking their behavior through the private browsing feature.

Google is required to deal with data collected in private browsing mode until December 2023, and any data that is not explicitly deleted must be made anonymous. A Google spokesperson, José Castañeda, expressed that the company is pleased to resolve the lawsuit, which they have deemed baseless. Despite the plaintiffs estimating the settlement value at $5 billion, Castañeda clarified that they will not receive any damages. The settlement does not provide damages to the class, although individuals can file claims.

As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to make changes in how it discloses the limitations of its private browsing services. Furthermore, Google will allow users to block third-party cookies by default in Incognito mode for five years, preventing tracking on external sites while in private browsing. Users can still file damages claims in California state court under the settlement terms

By Samantha Nguyen

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