Google’s search engine collects data about users who think they can be anonymous when using private browsing mode.exas, said on Thursday Attorney General Ken Paxton, filing a privacy lawsuit with amendments against Alphabet Inc. unit.
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 being marked by a barrage of targeted advertising. ”
The lawsuit states that “in fact, Google deceptively collects an array of personal data, even if the user has enabled incognito mode.”
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In January, the company stated that prosecutors are prosecuting cases based on inaccurate allegations and outdated allegations about our parameters. We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data. ”
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 visit are no longer saved,” Texas said.
In January, an Arizona court ruled that allegations that Google had deceived users with obscure smartphone location tracking settings should be weighed by a jury refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general.