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Google to delete incognito search data to end privacy suit


Google has said it is working to replace software 'cookies' that track where Chrome users go on the internet, replacing them with a way to effectively target ads while safeguarding people's privacy.

Google has agreed to delete a vast trove of search data to settle a suit that it tracked millions of US users who thought they were browsing the internet privately.

If a proposed settlement filed Monday in San Francisco federal court is approved by a judge, Google must "delete and/or remediate billions of data records" linked to people using the Chrome browser's incognito mode, according to court documents.

"This settlement is an historic step in requiring dominant technology companies to be honest in their representations to users about how the companies collect and employ user data, and to delete and remediate data collected," lawyer David Boies said in the filing.

A hearing is slated for ...


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