Lawsuit Settlement: Google Destroying Billions Of Records

April 2, 2024

The result is that Google will collect less data from users’ private browsing sessions, and that Google will make less money from the data.

The plaintiffs’ lawyers that filed a privacy lawsuit against Google. A settlement was reached on Monday, though still requires a judge’s approval.

Why It Matters: Google, the world’s most popular search engine, agreed to wipe data gathered from millions of users’ browsing histories. The settlement is part of a class action lawsuit filed in 2020 claiming Google Chrome’s Incognito mode did not provide as much privacy as users were told. As part of the settlement, Google will enable Incognito users to block third-party cookies and update disclosure statements regarding what it tracks. Users will not receive money for damages, though can sue individually.

Google’s Response:We are pleased to settle this lawsuit, which we always believed was meritless,” the tech company said. Google added they are only required to “delete old personal technical data that was never associated with an individual and was never used for any form of personalization.

Read More: Google to destroy browsing data to settle consumer privacy lawsuit (Reuters)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas