$ 5 billion lawsuit filed against Google for illegal collection of personal data
According to Reuters, a five-billion-dollar class action lawsuit has been filed to a federal court in the US state of California. The company is accused of illegally collecting user information.
“Google cannot continue to secretly and illegally collect data from a computer or phone from almost every American”, - the group’s lawsuit said. The company representative, Jose Castaneda, for his part, noted that she always warns users about the possible collection of information by sites, even in anonymous browsing mode.
But the plaintiffs do not satisfy this position. In their view, it is particularly outrageous that Google collected data from users who used anonymous browsing. Information was collected using Google Analytics, Google’s advertising manager and other applications, including those installed on smartphones”, - Rain TV channel said.
The lawsuit filed in court noted that the data collection could affect “millions” of users who have been using Google incognito since June 1, 2016, so the complainants expect to receive at least five thousand dollars in compensation each, in the hope that Google will have to pay for million people.
Two years ago, engineers freed from Google filed a lawsuit against the corporation, accusing him of discrimination against white men. The lawsuit states that the company has a quota against the law for the hiring of women and representatives of national minorities.
Last fall, Google and its YouTube subsidiary were ordered to pay a record $ 170 million to settle charges against the FTC and the New York Attorney General for illegally collecting the personal data of children without their parents' consent.