Google Chrome Incognito mode gets a new disclaimer amid lawsuit | Phones

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For the past few years a lawsuit has been hanging over Google’s head regarding Chrome’s Incognito mode. Recently, it was revealed that Google will settle the lawsuit, and now the Chrome browser is preparing a revised disclaimer as a result.

Google Chrome’s Incognito mode works like any other private browsing mode on modern browsers. When activated, the browser no longer saves any information to your local machine, and purges any browsing history or tracking data the moment you close it. However, for some the mode has been interpreted as a way to browse the web without any trace, whether that’s on your local machine or on the websites you’ve visited.

Chrome makes it rather clear that this isn’t the case each and every time you open a new Incognito window, saying in part:

Now you can browse privately, and other people who use this device won’t see your activity. However, downloads, bookmarks and reading list items will be saved. Learn more

The browser also outlines (pictured below) data that won’t be saved as well as who might be able to see data from your browsing activities, including “websites you visit, your employer or school, and your internet service provider.”

A lawsuit filed in 2020, though, alleged that this was misleading, particularly as Google didn’t make it clear that Google’s own websites can, and still will track users who have Incognito mode turned on. The lawsuit was seeking damages of around $5 billion, but Google has agreed to settle the case under still-undisclosed terms.

To avoid similar problems going forward, it seems the company is working on a new disclaimer on the Chrome…

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