“The Verge claims that Google added a disclaimer stating that the privacy feature still gathers user data that websites and services may access. MSPowerUser reportedly noticed the change first.”
The Verge claims that Google added a disclaimer stating that the privacy feature still gathers user data that websites and services may access. MSPowerUser reportedly noticed the change first.
According to the Verge, the updated warning is only seen on the most recent version of Google Chrome. Some Chrome users are still able to see the previous message.
Certain sections of the disclaimer are still in effect, such as the bullet points that make it clear that employers, schools, websites, and internet service providers can all view activities. Additionally, the page notes that data typed into forms, cookies, browsing history, and site data are not kept when using the incognito mode.
According to the Verge, the new message reads: “Others who use this device won’t see your activity, so you can browse more privately. This won’t change how data is collected by websites you visit and the services they use, including Google. Downloads, bookmarks and reading list items will be saved. Learn more.”
Lawsuit alleged Google spied on users
The news follows the company’s Dec. 28 agreement to resolve a $5 billion class-action lawsuit that claimed the platform tracked users’ internet usage by using private browsers, as reported by the Associated Press.
The 2020 privacy lawsuit claimed that Google had deceived consumers into believing that the business would not be able to access their online activities. The plaintiffs further alleged that the business used an “unaccountable trove of information” while operating under the false impression of privacy and catalogued site visits using advertising technologies.