According to a Texan lawsuit, Google deceptively collects an array of personal data when a user has engaged in incognito mode.
In January, Washington State, Indiana, Texas, and the state of Columbia filed separate suits against Google over deceptive location tracking and invasion of user privacy.
Attorney General Paxton Filling commented that Incognito browsing implies that Google will not track your location or record your search history. Yet, this isn’t the case. According to Paxton, Google misleads its users by continuously tracking their location in Incognito mode.
Google responds to the lawsuit
Google, in response, commented against Paxton’s filing, stating his filing is “based on inaccurate claims and outdated assertions about our setting. We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust control for location data. “We strongly dispute these claims and will vigorously defend ourselves to set the record straight.”
Early in January, a judge in Arizona ruled that the allegations about Google deceiving users by providing an unclear location tracking settings in a smartphone would be weighed in front of a jury on a date that would be announced later—completely refusing to throw out the case that was brought to him by the state’s attorney general.