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The plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Google claim that Chrome's traceless mode still tracks and collects user information

via:IT之家     time:2022/1/3 17:00:52     readed:112

According to a lawsuit filed in Federal court in California in June 2020, The "traceless mode" of Google's Browser is not as private as people might think.


Sundar Pichai, Alphabet's chief executive, will now have to answer questions about whether Google continues to track users even after they activate the browser's "traceless mode".

The case, Brown et al v. Google, LLC, was filed on June 2, 2020, and assigned to Judge Lucy Koch of the U.S. District Court in SAN Jose, California.

On Jan. 27, the judge issued a warrant for Pichai to testify for no more than two hours in the case because the plaintiffs said pichai had "unique personal knowledge of relevant issues related to the Chrome browser and privacy issues." Earlier in the case, the court also issued an order ordering Google's chief marketing officer, Lorraine Twohill, to answer questions about how the tech giant is promoting browser features.

Google's legal team sought to prevent Pichai from testifying in the case. They claim lower-level employees working directly on Chrome are better placed to answer questions about how the browser's "traceless mode" feature works.

The plaintiffs claim that even in "traceless mode," Google still collects duplicate records of GET requests, users' IP addresses to connect to the Internet, user ids, geolocation, cookies and other fingerprint data. The plaintiffs claim that Google has misrepresented the functionality of traceless mode. The plaintiffs also argue that if a website wants access to the data Google collects on its visitors, it will have to pay for upgrades, which are a source of revenue for Google.

IT Home has learned that Google disputes these claims, saying that when users open a new "traceless Mode" TAB or window that explicitly reveals the functionality of the "traceless Mode", their online activity can still be seen by the websites they visit.Google asked the court to dismiss the class action, but that request was denied by Judge Koch in March 2021.

When a user opens a new occult mode window or TAB in Chrome, Google says the browser won't save browsing history, cookies and website data, as well as information entered on a form. But Google did say that visited websites, employers or schools and Internet service providers may still see users' online activity, and that the current version of Chrome allows users to choose in a traceless mode whether they want to block third-party cookies.

Jos Eacute, a Google spokesman; Castañ The EDA told Bloomberg that it had co-operated with "numerous requests" from the plaintiffs during the evidence-gathering phase of the trial. He said asking Pichai to testify was "unwarranted and excessive."

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