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Google to Delete Incognito Search Data to Seal Lawsuit Deal


Proposed Lawsuit Settlement Doesn't Require Tech Giant to Pay Damages Mihir Bagwe (MihirBagwe) • April 2, 2024

The splash window in Chrome Incognito mode before a lawsuit forced Google to rewrite it. (Image: Shutterstock)

Google says it will delete web browsing data generated by 136 million individuals who used the tech giant's Chrome browser in Incognito mode as part of a proposed settlement ending a class action lawsuit alleging the tech giant had misled consumers about privacy protections.

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As part of the settlement - which still requires a federal judge's approval - Google agreed to let Incognito users block third-party web tracking cookies by default for the next five years. It will also remove from Chrome the ability for Google to track when a user is browsing the web in Incognito mode, a function Google called "detection bits ...


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