GOOGLE has been accused of collecting data from people using Chrome’s private browsing mode.
The tech giant is facing a privacy lawsuit for allegedly failing to make Incognito as anonymous as users might think.
Incognito mode is designed to save less information about what you do online, meaning things like history and cookies aren’t saved the way they normally are.
But according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Google has “misled people” into believing they have “meaningful control” over data collection from private browsing.
He says the Chrome option is used by people who believe they offer privacy for things like “viewing very personal websites that could reveal things like their medical history, political opinions, or sexual orientation.”
“Or maybe they just want to buy a surprise gift without the recipient being alerted by a barrage of targeted advertising,” the amended lawsuit reads.
“In reality, Google deceptively collects a range of personally identifiable information even when a user has incognito mode enabled.”
Google owner Alphabet has denied the claims, saying the filing was based “on inaccurate claims and outdated claims about our settings.”
“We’ve always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data,” said a representative.
“We strongly deny these allegations and will vigorously defend ourselves to set the record straight.”
The case comes as Texas, Indiana, Washington State and the District of Columbia filed separate lawsuits in state courts in January against Google over allegedly fraudulent location tracking practices that invade users’ privacy.
Meanwhile, an Arizona judge ruled that allegations that Google misled users with unclear smartphone location tracking settings should be considered by a jury.
This is General Paxton’s fifth lawsuit against Google.
His latest amended petition adds incognito mode to a previous geolocation-related lawsuit against the company.
“The big tech giant is still working hard to collect and monetize location and other personal information that users want to keep private,” he said.
“I will not allow Google to fool the Texans.”
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