Residents of the United States filed a lawsuit in a federal court in California against Google for the illegal collection of personal data. In case of recognition of the guilt of the Internet giant, he will have to pay a fine of at least $ 5 thousand for each user.
Plaintiffs complain that the corporation collects information using the Google Analytics and Google Ad Manager services, as well as applications installed on smartphones, even when browsing sites is carried out in anonymous mode. Thus, data collection concerns “every American who has a computer or telephone.”
Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said that a warning about sites collecting information about user activity is displayed every time you open an incognito window. According to him, the company intends to decisively uphold the position.
In December 2019, the French competition regulator fined Google € 150 million for misusing a dominant position in search advertising. The verdict said that the Google Ads platform has “opaque and difficult to understand rules of work” that apply “in an unfair and random manner.”