According to the court filing, the user argues that Sundar Pichai has “unique and personal knowledge” in matters relating to Chrome browser and privacy concerns. According to a Reuters report, Google spokesperson José Castañeda said the new requests were unreasonable and excessive.
Castañeda said that we oppose the claims made in this case. We have cooperated on numerous requests of the accused. We will defend ourselves vigorously.
In 2019, Pichai was warned that it was a problem to specify the company’s Incognito browsing mode as ‘private’. According to the court filing, the user does not want this feature.
In her order on Monday, Judge Susan van Keulen said some documents suggest that some information was sent to Pichai. Therefore, the request of the plaintiff’s lawyers has been accepted and Sundar Pichai has been allowed to be interrogated.
Let us tell you that earlier Google had said that Incognito only prevents data from being saved on the user’s device. Several cases involving Google have come under legal scrutiny in recent years amid growing public concerns about online surveillance.
Recently Google has been fined big in Russia. A Moscow court has said it is fining Google 7.2 billion rubles (about Rs 735 crore) for failing to remove illegal content. This is the first major revenue-based fine of its kind in Russia. In a campaign this year, Russia has increased the pressure on large companies. This is being seen as an attempt by Russia to tighten control of the Internet. Critics say it threatens personal and corporate liberties.