Google resolves $5 billion lawsuit about consumer privacy

Google resolves $5 billion lawsuit about consumer privacy

Google, part of Alphabet, settles a lawsuit for secretly monitoring millions’ online activities in private browsing.

The trial for the proposed class action on February 5, 2024, is postponed by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland, California. Following a preliminary deal with Google and consumer advocates.

The complaint is seeking a minimum of $5 billion, with attorneys revealing a binding term sheet from mediation. Consequently, they intend to submit a formal proposal for court approval by February 24, 2024.

Google resolves $5 billion lawsuit
Google settles $5 billion privacy lawsuit, bringing resolution to consumer concerns.

Despite this, requests for comment from Google and plaintiff attorneys go unanswered.

Moreover, plaintiffs, even though they use “Incognito” or “private” browsing, claim that Google’s analytics and cookies track their activities. This, in turn, transforms it into an “unaccountable trove of information.”

Furthermore, Judge Rogers denies Google’s dismissal request in August. She cites the absence of concrete evidence of a written commitment to data protection in private mode.

In light of these developments, the 2020 lawsuit seeks at least $5,000 in damages per user for federal wiretapping and California privacy law violations since June 1, 2016.

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