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Google is facing a proposed class action lawsuit that accuses the tech giant of invading people’s privacy and tracking internet use even when browsers are set to “private” mode. The suit, filed Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Google violates wiretapping and privacy laws by continuing to “intercept, track, and collect communications” even when people use Chrome’s Incognito mode and other private web browser modes.

“Google tracks and collects consumer browsing history and other web activity data no matter what safeguards consumers undertake to protect their data privacy,” reads the suit.

The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion from Google and its parent company Alphabet, according to Reuters.  

Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told Reuters it clearly tells users that “websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity” when they open a tab in Incognito mode.

Attorneys with the firm representing the plaintiffs, Boies Schiller & Flexner, also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

More to come. 

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