Google Updates Incognito Mode Disclaimer After Settling $5 Billion Lawsuit: What’s New

Curated By: Shaurya Sharma

Last Updated: January 17, 2024, 09:56 IST

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Google has updated its Incognito Mode disclaimer text.

After resolving the $5 billion lawsuit related to Google Chrome’s incognito mode, Google has discreetly updated the disclaimer used to describe the mode.

Google has updated the text it uses to describe how Chrome’s incognito mode works, following the company’s recent settlement of a lawsuit that alleged it was illegally tracking users’ browsing activity. This development, as first spotted by MSPowerUser, can be found in the new Google Chrome Canary build version 122.0.6251.0.

Here Is the Updated Text for Google Chrome’s New Incognito Mode:

“Others who use this device won’t see your activity, so you can browse more privately. This won’t change how data is collected by websites you visit and the services they use, including Google. Downloads, bookmarks and reading list items will be saved. Learn more”

Previously, in place of the new text, the old one said: “Now you can browse privately, and other people who use this device won’t see your activity. However, downloads, bookmarks and reading list items will be saved. Learn more”

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As you can see, Google has updated the wording, and it now provides more information on what to expect from Chrome’s incognito mode. This change is a part of Google Chrome across platforms including Android, Windows, Mac and more.

For those of you who may not know, Google was sued for $5 billion for allegedly misleading users with its privacy policy. The lawsuit claimed that Google could still track users even when they opted out of tracking. This lawsuit has now been settled, and the new text in Google’s privacy policy reflects this settlement.

However, do keep in mind, you won’t see this change immediately. It’s only in the Canary build right now, and it’ll take some time before it makes its way to the stable version.

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