Isn’t Google’s Private Browsing mode private at all?

Google’s Private Browsing mode is not private at all. The Texas Attorney General’s Office accuses Google’s parent company Alphabet. Accordingly, even in so-called incognito mode, Google would continue to collect data from users who believe they are surfing the net anonymously.

As early as January 2022, the US states of Texas, Indiana, Washington State and the District of Columbia (Washington DC) filed independently Complain against Google. They all accuse parent company Alphabet that Google’s location tracking is misleading because it invades users’ privacy.

But now Alphabet is also in the pillory for the Google mode for “private surfing”. Because the Texas Attorney General’s office has changed its original data protection lawsuit and now accuses the company of misleading the so-called incognito mode.

Private Browsing: Isn’t Google’s incognito mode private at all?

Like the news agency Reuters reported, the state of Texas added Google’s incognito private browsing mode to its lawsuit. According to Ken Paxton, the responsible Attorney General, the mode is a function that implies that Google does not track location activity or search history.

In the updated lawsuit It says, for example, that the search engine giant offers the function for “viewing very personal websites that could indicate, for example, the medical history, political convictions or sexual orientation of the user”.

In reality, however, even in incognito mode, Google would “fraudulently collect a range of personal data”.

Google denies the allegations “strongly”

According to Reuters, Google “strongly denied” the allegations on Thursday, May 19, 2022. The company said it would “vigorously defend itself” to “put things right.” The lawsuit would also be based on “inaccurate allegations and outdated allegations.”

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Previously, the Texas Attorney General’s office asserted that Google had misled its users because the company had also tracked locations, although the users wanted to prevent this. Meanwhile, an Arizona judge ruled in January that a jury must examine those claims. He declined to have Google dismiss the lawsuit.

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