Google to settle user privacy lawsuit and pay $5 billion for it

Google to settle user privacy lawsuit and pay $5 billion for it

Google has settled a 2020 class action lawsuit alleging that it tracked the actions of people on the Internet who view pages confidentially. The trial scheduled for February 5, 2024, has been postponed. Google must pay $5 billion to claimants in the lawsuit. Other than the company agreeing to the payments, other terms of the lawsuit settlement were not disclosed. Lawyers for both sides said they would submit a formal settlement for court approval by February 24, 2024.

A class action lawsuit was filed in 2020. The lawsuit alleged Google’s tracking of users’ activity through analytics, cookies, and various programs, even when their browsers are in Incognito or Private Browsing mode. The lawsuit covered millions of Google users between June 1, 2016 and 2020.

The plaintiffs demanded payments of $5,000 each from the company for violating the federal wiretapping law and California (USA) privacy laws. During the court proceedings, the defendants claimed that the plaintiffs adopted a privacy policy that clearly spelled out exactly what data the company collects.

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