Google is in some hot water over the incognito mode on their browser. Per Mashable, the company is facing a class-action lawsuit because incognito still allows websites to track your data.
As they explain, “Google collects user’s data through its Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, website plug-ins, and mobile apps in incognito mode. Google knows everything users do, including the most intimate and potentially embarrassing things they search on the internet.”
In the $5 million lawsuit, it states that the tech company needs to pay $5,000 in damages for each violation.
Mashable points out, though, that if you open incognito in Chrome, it notifies users that their activity might be visible to websites they visit, employers, schools, and internet service providers.
In a statement, Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda says, “Incognito mode in Chrome gives you the choice to browse the internet without your activity being saved to your browser or device. As we clearly state each time you open a new incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity.”
He adds that Google’s support page clearly states that incognito mode does not hide your activity or location from websites you visit.
Mashable adds, “If you want to hide yourself on the internet, the best way is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).”