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Google Must Face Suit Over Snooping on ‘Incognito’ Browsing

  • Judge concludes company didn’t notify users of data collection
  • Class action suit alleges Google knows ‘who your friends are’
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Google failed to kill a lawsuit alleging that it secretly scoops up troves of internet data even if users browse in “Incognito” mode to keep their search activity private.

The consumers who filed the case as a class action alleged that even when they turn off data collection in Chrome, other Google tools used by websites end up amassing their personal information. A federal judge on Friday denied the Alphabet Inc. unit’s initial request to throw out the case.