Google’s logo is displayed at its offices in Granary Square, London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
Google agrees to settle $5 billion privacy lawsuit for spying on people who used Chrome browser’s “incognito” mode and similar “private” modes in other browsers to track their internet usage did.
A class action lawsuit filed in 2020 alleges that Google misled users into believing their internet activity would not be tracked while in Incognito mode. The group claimed that Google’s advertising and other technologies continue to catalog the details of users’ site visits and activities, even though they supposedly utilize “private” browsing.
The settlement, reached Thursday, still needs to be approved by a federal judge. The lawsuit initially sought $5 billion on behalf of users, although terms were not disclosed. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said they plan to present a final settlement agreement to the court by February 24.
Consulting firm McKinsey agrees to $78 million settlement
Consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to pay $78 million to settle claims from insurance companies and health funds that its marketing efforts with Purdue Pharma contributed to the growing opioid addiction crisis.
The agreement was disclosed late Friday in documents filed in federal court in San Francisco. The settlement still must be approved by a judge. Under the agreement, McKinsey will establish a fund to reimburse insurance companies, benefit plans and others for prescription opioid costs.
From 1999 to 2021, approximately 280,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The insurers alleged that McKinsey developed an aggressive marketing and sales strategy for prescription opioids, forcing them to pay more for prescription opioids in lieu of cheaper, less addictive painkillers. McKinsey denies wrongdoing.
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