Google has been busted by collecting user data in their "save browsing mode" in Google Chrome called Incognito Mode.
Google Chrome users will know when they have opened up an Incognito tab as it's differentiated by a dark window theme and a recognisable logo that features a detectives hat and glasses, with the words and descriptions:
You’ve gone incognito
Now you can browse privately, and other people who use this device won’t see your activity. However, downloads, bookmarks and reading list items will be saved.
Chrome won’t save the following information:
- Your browsing history
- Cookies and site data
- Information entered in forms
Your activity might still be visible to:
- Websites you visit
- Your employer or school
- Your internet service provider
For the most part, Google Chrome's Incognito mode works well. But, Google has been busted for violating their promises by allegedly wiretapping, intercepting, collecting communications and tracking user data, regardless if they're in Incognito mode.
The federal judge has now denied Google's request for dismissal of the lawsuit and a fine of $5 Billion has been issued to the tech giant.
Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Later Clips, on Google Chrome Incognito Not Quite "Incognito".