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Technology Google is sued in U.S. for tracking users' 'private' internet browsing

01:25  03 june  2020
01:25  03 june  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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(Reuters) - Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by tracking their internet use from browsers set in "private" browsing mode.

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The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of illegally collecting information about what people are viewing online and where they are doing their browsing, through various applications and website plug-ins including Google Analytics and Google Ad Manager.

"Billions of times a day, Google causes computers around the world to report the real-time internet communications of hundreds of millions of people to Google," according to the complaint filed with the federal court in San Jose, California.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit said the proposed class likely includes "millions" of users, and seeks damages per user of $5,000 or three times actual damages, whichever is greater.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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