Incognito: Google Settles Lawsuit will delete billions of records

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Tech giant Google has agreed to a digital housecleaning which will affect approximately 136 million users. The purge resulted from a lawsuit’s allegations that Google was involved in illegal surveillance on its users while in Incognito mode.

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As part of the settlement, Google has pledged to remove billions of records older than nine months from its databases.

The company also agreed to disable third-party trackers by default, to ensure users are informed when their data is being collected.

Details of the settlement were first reported in December in the Wall Street Journal.

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Incognito Browser Settings

The crux of the legal battle centered around Google’s tracking of internet activity despite users enabling the Incognito setting.