Google Settles Privacy Lawsuit for $7.8 Billion: A Closer Look at the Settlement and Its Implications.

Google Deletes Billions of Web Browsing Data Amid Lawsuit

Google, a US technology giant, has agreed to pay up to $7.8 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by millions of users who claimed that the company did not respect their privacy while using the ‘anonymous’ internet browsing option. The terms of the settlement were filed in federal court in Oakland, California on Monday and are awaiting approval from Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Prosecutors estimate that the value of the settlement is between five billion to seven point eight billion dollars.

In 2020, a class-action lawsuit was filed against Google on behalf of millions of users who had been using the ‘anonymous’ internet browsing option since June 1st, 2016. Prosecutors alleged that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, had been monitoring the activity of users who chose this option through analytics, cookies and applications.

As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to update its data collection practices during private browsing and will allow users of the ‘anonymous’ browsing option to block data collection by other companies for the next five years. Google maintains that they never associate data with users in incognito mode and will delete old technical data that is not linked to individual users.

Google spokesman Jose Castaneda stated that they were satisfied with the amicable settlement of the lawsuit although they believed it was unfounded from the beginning. He emphasized that user privacy is a top priority for Google and they are committed to continuously improving their data protection practices.

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