Alphabet Inc.-owned Google "is facing a potential class-action lawsuit claiming illegal privacy infringements that seeks at least $5 billion," which would translate, according to the story, to " $5,000 in damages per user since June 1, 2016."
Google is accused of "covert and unauthorized data collection from virtually every American with a computer or phone." What made the data collection "covert and unauthorized" is the fact that Google was tracking users' actions even when they had switched into "incognito" mode, the suit charges.
- KC's View:
Expect Google to defend this aggressively. it isn't just about the $5 billion - it is about behavior that undermines the basic contract it has with its users.