Google’s search engine collects data on users who think they can be anonymous if they use “private browsing”, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Thursday, filing a privacy lawsuit against the Alphabet bloc. Reuters reports: Texas, Indiana, Washington and the District of Columbia in January filed separate lawsuits against Google in state courts for what they called fraudulent location tracking methods that violate user privacy. Pakistan’s filing adds Google’s incognito mode to a lawsuit filed in January. Incognito mode or “private browsing” is a feature of the web browser that, according to Paxton, implies that Google will not track search history or location.

The lawsuit states that Google offers the possibility of “private browsing”, which may include browsing very personal websites that may indicate, for example, their medical history, political beliefs or sexual orientation. Or maybe they just want to buy a surprise gift without the recipient of the gift prompting a flurry of targeted advertising. ” The lawsuit states that “in fact, Google deceptively collects an array of personal data, even if the user has joined incognito mode.” Earlier, Paxton claimed that Google misled consumers by continuing to track their location, even if users sought to prevent it. Google has a Location History setting and informs users when they turn it off, “The places you go to are no longer saved,” Texas said.

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