Google Settles Antitrust Lawsuits Amid Claims of Illegal Monopoly and Tracking

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As part of the settlement, Google has agreed to implement significant changes to its app store practices. Notably, the tech giant will now allow app developers to charge consumers directly, bypassing the previous system where transactions were processed through Google, which could take up to a 30% cut. 

Additionally, Google has committed to simplifying the process for making apps available for download outside of its proprietary app marketplace, the Google Play store.

Privacy Lawsuit Settlement

In a parallel development, Google has also agreed to settle a $5 billion privacy lawsuit related to its Chrome browser’s “incognito” mode. 

The class-action lawsuit, filed in 2020, alleged that Google misled users by implying that their internet activities would not be tracked while using incognito mode. The suit argued that Google’s advertising technologies continued to catalog user details despite the use of supposedly “private” browsing.

The financial terms of the privacy lawsuit settlement have not been disclosed, pending approval by a federal judge. However, the original lawsuit sought $5 billion on behalf of users who believed their privacy was compromised.

Facing Increased Scrutiny

Google’s decision to settle these lawsuits indicates a shift in its approach amid increasing legal and regulatory scrutiny. The tech giant’s willingness to make substantial changes to its app store and resolve privacy concerns underscores the evolving landscape of tech industry regulations.