Certified Water Technologist #63

Certified Water Technologist #63
28 Years In the Water Treatment Industry

Google is Sued

Good morning.  How is everyone this morning?

My email contained one from linked in this morning touting an article about google being sued for collecting data on you while in incognito mode.

Here is the text of the short article:

Google sued over 'private' browsing

Updated 7 hours ago
Google has been sued in a proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges it violated wiretap laws by collecting information about user behavior on the internet without permission while users were in "private browsing," or incognito mode. The lawsuit, which was filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, is seeking at least $5 billion from Google and owner Alphabet for tracking and collecting browsing history even where users tried to maintain their privacy. Google denies this is illegal and maintains that it is clear about the data it collects.

This is a comment from Linkedin on this:

I guess it's not much of a surprise that Google is sued for tracking online behaviour even when browsing incognito.

The plaintiff asks for compensation at least 5 000 dollars per user and the number of affected could contain millions of Google users. Will be following with interest how the numbers evolve.

Meanwhile, Test Achat (BE) estimates that individual complainants could get 200 euros in a damages suit against Facebook and SGP Law (UK) says individuals affected can get 2 000 pounds or more in a law suit against British Airways. Remains to be see which one gets higher for the company the GDPR administrative fines or individual damages.
"While users may view private browsing as a safe haven from watchful eyes, computer security researchers have long raised concern that Google and rivals might augment user profiles by tracking people’s identities across different browsing modes, combining data from private and ordinary internet surfing."

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