A massive lawsuit has been filed against technology giant Google – and you may be able to claim a payout.
Google Chrome, one of the most popular global browsers, is facing claims that it illegally collects information from people’s private browsing sessions, MirrorOnline has reported.
These are claims that the technology giant vehemently denies.
A lawsuit of £ 4 billion ($ 5 billion) has been filed against the company and those involved may be eligible for a payout of £ 4,000 ($ 5,000).
Lawyers for the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner claim that Google still holds information from those who use Incognito mode to view the Internet privately ‘even if those individuals expressly follow Google’s recommendations for tracking or collecting their personal information and communications to prevent’.
Google says Incognito mode does not save your browsing history, cookies, site data and entered data.
But Google has always been clear that downloads and bookmarks are stored.
The lawsuit claims that Google “secretly tracks users” through Google Analytics and Google Ad Manager.
These claims are disputed by Google.
A spokesperson said, “Incognito mode in Chrome gives you the choice to surf the web without your activity being saved in your browser or device.
“As we clearly indicate each time you open a new Incognito tab, websites may collect information about your browsing activity during your session.”
You must have used Incognito mode from June 1, 2016.
And Google plans to defend itself against the plans, so payouts may still be a long way off, if at all.