Major Google and Meta suits hit snags

Google received a mixed ruling on a suit alleging the company collected data about people who browsed in “incognito mode.” The federal judge ruled users cannot gain monetary damages on a class-wide basis but did allow the users to proceed with the case to request restricting data collection by Google.

In Meta’s case, a federal judge rejected a $37.5 million settlement negotiated by the company and class action lawyers representing an estimated 70 million users.  The lawsuit found Meta collected users’ IP addresses, revealing general information about location – in violation of a prior privacy policy.

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