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To settle the “5 billion lawsuit”, Google will delete data

Since 2020, the Mountain View firm has been involved in a lawsuit initiated by users of its Google Chrome internet browser. The plaintiffs in this case accuse Google of failing to respect their privacy. This concerns more precisely a mode of navigation which is nevertheless intended for this purpose: private navigation.

Explanations

In this mode, the browsing history is in fact no longer kept, but there is a misunderstanding. When a private browsing page is opened in Chrome, it is specified that:

Chrome will not log the following:

  • Your browsing history.
  • Cookies and site data.
  • Information entered in forms.

Your activity can remain visible by:

  • The websites you visit.
  • Your employer or educational establishment.
  • Your Internet Service Provider.

According to these claims, Google does not collect data during private browsing. What the company fails to specify, however, is that yes, it does not recover them directly, but she can easily retrieve them via “The websites you visit”.

Users suspect Google of using its users’ non-private browsing data to then link it to anonymous data from private browsing. The term “anonymous” here remains subjective, because in fact, Google just needs to know our “anonymous” IP address to identify us. thanks to the usual data it holds about us.

The attackers had in fact discovered that Google stored anonymous and regular data in the same file. From then on, it was no longer difficult to follow us, even privately, unless we had a VPN. Google’s objective in doing this was of course to refine its suggestion algorithm by following us even privately, to provide us with advertisements that may be of interest to us.

Google will delete the data

The “5 billion trial” should now come to an end, since Google has agreed to delete inappropriately collected data. The company also adjusted the private browsing mode warnings at the start of the year, specifying that the data is collected there in the same way as in standard navigation.

Many of Google’s cases now appear to be coming to an end, including the one involving iMessage on Android.

Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer. Always interested in the way in which technology can change people's lives, and that is why I also advise individuals and companies when it comes to adopting all the advances in Apple devices and services.
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