Google execs knew 'Incognito mode' failed to protect privacy, suit claims

A federal judge in California is considering motions to dismiss a lawsuit against Google that alleges the company misled them into believing their privacy was being protected while using Incognito mode in the Chrome browser.

The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District Court of California by five users more than two years ago, is now awaiting a recent motion by those plaintiffs for two class-action certifications.

The first would cover all Chrome users with a Google account who accessed a non-Google website containing Google tracking or advertising code and who were in “Incognito mode”; the second covers all Safari, Edge, and Internet Explorer users with a Google account who accessed a non-Google website containing Google tracking or advertising code while in “private browsing mode.” 

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A week in security (October 10 – 16)

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The most important and interesting computer security stories from the last week.

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Android and Chrome start showing passwords the door

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Passwords won’t disappear any time soon, but a viable alternative is taking shape

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Online privacy: Best browsers, settings, and tips

“You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,” Scott McNealy said of online privacy back in 1999, a view the former CEO of the now-defunct Sun Microsystems reiterated in 2015. Despite the hue and cry his initial remarks caused, he’s been proven largely correct.

Cookies, beacons, digital signatures, trackers, and other technologies on websites and in apps let advertisers, businesses, governments, and even criminals build a profile about what you do, who you know, and who you are at very intimate levels of detail. Remember that 2012 story about how Target could tell a teenager was pregnant before her parents knew, based on her online activities? That is the norm today. Google and Facebook are the most notorious commercial internet spies, and among the most pervasive, but they are hardly alone.

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Chromium browsers can write to the system clipboard without your permission

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Chromium browsers can write to the system clipboard without user consent or knowledge

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ChromeOS vulnerability found by Microsoft

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Microsoft has released a report detailing a ChromeOS vulnerability reported to Chrome and fixed within a week.

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Update Chrome now! Google issues patch for zero day spotted in the wild

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Google issued an update that includes 11 security fixes. One of the vulnerabilities is labeled as “Critical” and one of the vulnerabilities that is labeled as “High” exists in the wild.

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