Google Updates Its Incognito Mode Disclaimer To Better Display Its Data Collection Practices

Search engine giant Google is gearing up to make a huge payment of $5 billion as it settles a lawsuit about its user data tracking practices.

To help safeguard the company from such legal actions arising in the future, the company will update its respective Incognito Settings and that includes a particular disclaimer that would be more in tune with how it collects data.

Before, this was never mentioned and that is what caused the organization to get into trouble.

The latest Incognito pages are currently live and working across the company’s latest Canary version for Chrome for Windows, Android, and more.

We saw back in 2020, the company was blasted with a massive legal case that sought $5 billion for user data collection via services found on the Incognito Mode. But the Search Engine Giant justified the act by adding how websites do in fact gather data through Incognito settings and that is not found in the disclaimer alone.

Now, we’re seeing the latest disclaimers go live in Incognito Mode and mention the same as that explained above but if you think that’s making any big difference, think again. The search engine giant has been blasted in the past too when it wished to be more transparent regarding how it collected user data via websites and the search engine alone.

All that is different now is that they have rephrased the terms to make it look like something new and all the rest remains the same, except the initial paragraph outlined, as that was the exact same as before.

The current incognito mode mentioned how users will get the chance to browse through private means and people making use of the same device won’t be able to see the activity taking place. But any downloads, bookmarks, and types of reading list items would be saved.

It tries to encourage more users to carry out browsing activities in a more private manner. This will not alter the means through which data gets collected via websites visited and the types of services used such as Google. Meanwhile, downloads, reading lists, and bookmarks will continue to be saved as before.

The latest series of disclaimers can be found on Chrome Canary across Android and beyond whenever the user opens the respective incognito window.
While the search engine might be doing all of this in place of the legal challenges that it’s facing, users must note how this particular mode isn’t anonymous. So many websites like those that Google uses can be visited for data collection and tracking purposes. Meanwhile, tracking done via third-party cookies can be enabled via default means in Incognito mode and could keep users safe to a certain degree.

What are your thoughts on the latest Incognito Mode Disclaimer? We’d love to know what you think and if it would actually serve any major use or purpose for users today.

H/T: MSpoweruser

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