Google Faces a $5 Billion Fine – The Capital

Marko Vidrih

The American corporation Google was sued on Tuesday in a class action lawsuit in connection with allegations of the illegal invasion of the privacy of millions of users. As Reuters reported on Wednesday, the American holding Alphabet, which includes Google, faces a fine of $5 billion.

“[Google] cannot continue to engage in the covert and unauthorized data collection from virtually every American with a computer or phone,” the agency quotes extracts from the document.

According to a complaint to the California federal court, the corporation secretly collects information about users through a service to create statistics on visits to Google Analytics websites, Google Ad Manager advertising manager and other applications, including those installed on smartphones. It is noted that information is collected even if incognito browsing is activated in the browser.

As the agency indicates, the lawsuit is allegedly followed by millions of people who, since June 1, 2016, have used anonymous mode when browsing sites.

For these violations, Google faces a fine of at least $5,000 per user. Representatives of the company, in turn, announce their intention to strongly defend their position.

“As we clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity,” the agency quoted the spokeswoman.

Google is an American public corporation that invests in Internet search and advertising technologies, as well as developing online services and high-tech products. The company, founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, was registered as a private enterprise in September 1998 and is now part of Alphabet Holding. Its headquarters is located in Mountain View, California.

Author: Marko Vidrih

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