Google's Incognito Update

Google’s Incognito Mode Update: Enhanced Disclaimer Amidst $5 Billion Lawsuit Settlement

In response to a $5 billion lawsuit settlement accusing Google of tracking users in Incognito mode, the tech giant has revised the disclaimer for Chrome’s experimental Canary channel. While Incognito assures users that their activity remains private on the device, the updated warning clarifies that it does not alter how websites collect user data.

The refined disclaimer now explicitly states, “Others who use this device won’t see your activity, so you can browse more privately. This won’t change how data is collected by websites you visit and the services they use, including Google. Downloads, bookmarks, and reading list items will be saved.”

Previously facing allegations in a 2020 lawsuit, Google was accused of tracking users even in Incognito mode, creating a false sense of control over shared information. The lawsuit contended that Google used tools such as Analytics, apps, and browser plug-ins to monitor user activities.

While the current public version of Chrome may lack this explicit language, the recent update in Canary suggests a potential forthcoming change. As Google navigates the aftermath of the lawsuit, users may expect enhanced transparency regarding data collection practices in Incognito mode.

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