Google has agreed to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of secretly tracking the internet use of millions of people who believed they were browsing privately via the company's Incognito mode. The lawsuit, filed in 2020, sought at least $5bn in damages and covered millions of Google users since 1 June 2016. The US district judge in Oakland, California, put the scheduled trial on hold after lawyers representing both parties confirmed that they had reached a preliminary settlement. While the specific terms were not disclosed, the lawyers said they have agreed to a binding term sheet through mediation and are expected to present a formal settlement for court approval by 24 February 2024.
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