The incognito mode of Google Chrome for Android has changed. And the reason is a 5 million dollar lawsuit.
The next time you open a tab in incognito mode in Chrome, it is very likely that you will find a somewhat different design than you are used to. After all, Google has accustomed us to renew the appearance of their apps frequently. However, this time there is a compelling reason behind the redesign.
The company has been forced to change the appearance of the incognito tab of the Chrome browser for Android, due to a lawsuit filed early last year, for which Google was asked for an amount close to 5 million dollars, for allegedly “lying about the functions of incognito mode”.
The new design has started appearing in the Canary version of Google Chrome for Android.
When opening an incognito tab in this new version of Chrome, we will see how the text has been modified, so that now it does not specify what content Chrome will stop saving after activating this mode, and what activity can remain visible.
Now, instead, Google has decided to modify this descriptive text so that it specifies what incognito mode does, and what it cannot do.
This is a response to the lawsuit filed in the United States earlier this year, in which Google was accused of not specifying the functions of incognito mode, and of allowing websites to obtain users’ data despite using this mode.
It is not clear whether this redesign will help Google to get rid of the lawsuit in the new design is still no reference to the collection of data by the webs, but it is certainly a version easier to understand for the end-user.