Google to Delete Billions of Records in Landmark $7.8B Privacy Settlement

April 3, 2024
Google to Delete Billions of Records in Landmark $7.8B Privacy Settlement
  • Google has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit by deleting personal records of over 136 million Chrome users in the US.

  • The settlement is valued between $4.75 billion and $7.8 billion, requiring improved privacy disclosures and automatic cookie blocking in Incognito mode.

  • Despite the agreement, Google continues to confront legal challenges, including accusations of monopolizing search and issues with its Android app marketplace.

  • The settlement has raised awareness about the limitations of Incognito mode, which doesn't fully protect user privacy as files and bookmarks remain after the session ends.

  • As part of the settlement, Google must destroy or anonymize data collected during Incognito sessions and block third-party cookies by default.

  • Affected users are not entitled to financial compensation but may pursue claims for damages in California state court.

  • The legal resolution is considered a significant move towards ensuring tech companies are accountable for user data privacy.

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