Short Answer? No
Do you use Google Chrome's incognito mode for your private browsing to make sure that you have completely private and secure browsing? The unfortunate reality that was recently discovered is that this is not the case.
Google claimed that during incognito mode use:
The US district court for the District of Columbia filed a class-action lawsuit against Google and Alphabet (Parent company of Google) by Benjamin Blumberg on 7 Dec 2020.
Benjamin and his legal team claim that google does not follow the terms they mentioned during the incognito mode. They claim that when someone opens Chrome's incognito mode it shows the user that there is complete privacy. However, it was found that google tracks down and gathers the user's information without them knowing.
According to Google, Incognito mode allows you to browse without storing the data in your device or system, and that the primary function is to make your search data private if using a shared computer. But as google mentioned, you will still be visible to some websites you visit, and they may save your activity on those websites during your sessions.
The complaint state that google uses the tools like google analytics, and ads manager during incognito. However, By collecting and identifying browsing data, Google is in contravention of federal and state laws on wiretapping, which gives people the right to sue if their privacy is intercepted.
If the allegations are proved as true, Google is set to pay $5 billion, which would give millions of users who have used incognito mode since June 2016 approximately $5000 per user. This case is in very early stages and the chances of a payout are still far off.
This goes to show that Google's reach is ever growing and it is more important than ever to be vigilant.
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