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Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai can be questioned in privacy lawsuit, judge rules

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai can be questioned in privacy lawsuit, judge rules

Plaintiffs who accused Alphabet Incs Google of unlawfully tracking their internet use while on Incognito browsing mode can question Chief Executive Sundar Pichai for up to two hours, a California federal judge has ruled. In the lawsuit filed in June 2020, users accused Google of illegally invading their privacy by tracking internet use while Google Chrome browsers were set in private mode. The plaintiffs are arguing that Pichai has unique, personal knowledge of issues relating to the Chrome browser and privacy concerns, a Monday court filing showed. Google spokesman José Castañeda told Reuters the new requests were unwarranted and overreaching. While we strongly dispute the claims in this case, we have cooperated with plaintiffs countless requests ... We will continue to vigorously defend ourselves, Castañeda said. Pichai in 2019 was warned that describing the companys Incognito browsing mode as private was problematic, yet it stayed the course because he did not want the feature under the spotlight, according to a court filing in September. In her order on Monday, US Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen in San Jose, California, said a few documents establish that specific relevant information was communicated to, and possibly from, Pichai, and therefore supported a request from the plaintiffs lawyers to question him. Google has earlier said it makes clear that Incognito only stops data from being saved to a users device and is fighting the lawsuit. The Alphabet units privacy disclosures have generated regulatory and legal scrutiny in recent years amid growing public concerns about online surveillance. This is a modal window. Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window. End of dialog window. This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button..

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