Google Agrees to Destroy Billions of “Private” Browsing Records to Settle Lawsuit

Why do people not just use Brave?

How are people still using Chrome, knowing that it is recording everything they do?

The Guardian:

Google agreed to destroy billions of records to settle a lawsuit claiming it secretly tracked the internet use of people who thought they were browsing privately in its Chrome browser’s incognito mode.

Users alleged that Google’s analytics, cookies and apps let the Alphabet unit improperly track people who set Google’s Chrome browser to “incognito” mode and other browsers to “private” browsing mode.

They said this turned Google into an “unaccountable trove of information” by letting it learn about their friends, favorite foods, hobbies, shopping habits and the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing things” they hunt for online.

Yeah, people use “incognito mode” to look at porn.

This ends up being a massive blackmail database.

Basically, everyone is looking at some kind of weird porn, but they’re all embarrassed about it, for obvious reasons.

Terms of the settlement were filed on Monday in the Oakland, California, federal court, and require approval by US district judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. The class action began in 2020, covering millions of Google users who used private browsing since 1 June 2016.

Under the settlement, Google will update disclosures about what it collects in “private” browsing, a process it has already begun. It will also let incognito users block third-party cookies for five years.

The result is that Google will collect less data from users’ private browsing sessions, and that Google will make less money from the data,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers wrote.

Google’s entire business model is spying on people and selling the data to advertisers and the government.

People should not be involved with this company.