Do You Use Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode? You May Be Eligible for $5K

If you’re an avid user of Google Chrome, you’re likely familiar with Incognito mode, which allows you to browse privately.

And if you’ve used this particular mode within the past four years, according to a proposed class-action lawsuit, you could eventually be in line to receive a hefty sum of $5,000.

In the lawsuit, Google is accused of invading people’s privacy and tracking internet use even when browsers are set to “private” mode. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that the tech giant violated wiretapping and privacy laws.

If you open Incognito in Chrome, Google displays a message that states that you can “browse privately” and confirms that other people using the device cannot see your browsing activity. While this message says that downloads and bookmarks will be saved, your browsing history, cookies, site data and form inputs will not.

“Google tracks and collects consumer browsing history and other web activity data no matter what safeguards consumers undertake to protect their data privacy,” the complaint reads.

The lawsuit is seeking at least $5 billion from Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc. The proposed class-action suit may include “millions” of Google browser users—a potential payout of $5,000 for each affected individual.

Google spokesman Jose Castaneda said the Mountain View, California-based company disputes the claims and plans to defend itself vigorously against them.

“Incognito mode in Chrome gives you the choice to browse the internet without your activity being saved to your browser or device,” Castaneda said in an emailed statement. “As we clearly state each time you open a new Incognito tab, websites might be able to collect information about your browsing activity during your session.”

According to the complaint, Google gathers data on individuals via Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager and other applications and website plug-ins, which can include smartphone apps.

This data assists Google in learning more about a particular user’s friends, hobbies and shopping habits—and even the “most intimate and potentially embarrassing things” they search for on the browser, the complaint said.

Google “cannot continue to engage in the covert and unauthorized data collection from virtually every American with a computer or phone,” the complaint added.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek and Arirang TV. He currently resides in Minneapolis.

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Unlock 1: Rising number of Covid-19 cases concerns Centre, revised guidelines likely, says report

The Centre is concerned about the number of increasing number of Covid-19 cases since June 1, when the relaxations announced by the government came into effect.

According to HT’ Hindi language publication Hindustan, the Centre has got information from various state governments that social distancing norms and other protocols are not being followed since the day relaxations have been announced.

It further reported that the Centre will issue an order to strictly follow all the necessary protocols.

Though the fatality rate has improved, the situation in Delhi and Mumbai is still not under control, Hindustan reported quoting sources.

Some states want the Centre to issue stringent guidelines so that the spread of the infection can be checked, Hindustan reported. These states are not able to enforce strict guidelines due to relaxations given by the Centre.

India raced past Spain on Saturday to become the fifth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic after a record spike in cases for four consecutive days pushed total infections to over 2,46,628.

In less than 24 hours, India surpassed Italy and then Spain to reach the grim milestone. Now, only the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK are ahead of it.

According to the Union Health Ministry, India registered a record single-day spike of 9,971 cases and 287 deaths by Sunday 8 am. The death toll rose to 6,929.

The country registered over 9,000 cases for the fourth day in a row.

Of the total fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 2,969 deaths, followed by Gujarat (1,219), Delhi (761), Madhya Pradesh (399), West Bengal (383), Uttar Pradesh (257), Tamil Nadu (251), Rajasthan (231), Telangana (123), Andhra Pradesh (73), Karnataka (59) and Punjab (50).

Source : Hindustan Times

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WHO changes stance, calls for 3-layer Covid-19 masks in public

In a big shift from its earlier position, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new guidelines that say everyone should wear a three-layer fabric or non-medical mask in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

People aged above 60 years or with health issues should wear a medical mask in settings where social distancing is difficult, and all others should wear a three-layer fabric mask that acts as “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets,” according to the new guidelines released on Friday.

“In light of evolving evidence, WHO advises that governments should encourage the general public to wear masks where there is widespread transmission and physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments… Based on this new research, WHO advises that fabric masks should consist of at least three layers of different material,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO.

Wearing masks in public is already compulsory or recommended for everyone in some countries, including India, Singapore, France, Spain, Germany and Argentina, among others.

Those wearing a cloth mask should choose a three-layer fabric mask made of absorbent cotton closest to the face, followed by a polypropylene layer and then a synthetic layer that is fluid-resistant, WHO said.

The advisory includes tips on how to don and doff, discard or reuse masks . “People can potentially infect themselves if they use contaminated hands to adjust a mask, or to repeatedly take it off and put it on, without cleaning hands in between. Masks can also create a false sense of security, leading people to neglect measures such as hand hygiene and physical distancing,” said Dr Tedros.

Previous WHO guidelines limited mask use to healthcare workers, healthy people taking care of suspected or confirmed Covid-19 patients, and people coughing and sneezing. The health agency was against universal use because of fears that a scramble for masks would lead to shortages and deprive those who really need them of masks.

The new guidance follows research commissioned by the global health agency that found that wearing masks and keeping a distance of two metres from others are the most effective ways of stopping the spread of Covid-19. But these interventions, even when properly used and combined, do not offer complete protection from infection when used alone, and must be used with other protective measures, such as hand hygiene, found a review of 172 studies from 16 countries published in The Lancet, on June 2. “Based on the available evidence on physical distancing, face masks, eye protection and handwashing, we cannot say which one is best at this point. They are all effective, but the combination of those interventions it likely better than any of the interventions alone,” said study co-lead Professor Holger Schünemann of the department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University in Canada, in an email.

The study also found that respirators and multi-layer masks are more protective than single-layer masks. “This finding is vital to inform the proliferation of home-­made cloth mask designs, many of which are single­-layered. A well designed cloth mask should have water-­resistant fabric, multiple layers, and good facial fit… Universal face mask use might enable safe lifting of restrictions in communities seeking to resume normal activities and could protect people in crowded public settings and within households,” said Professor Raina MacIntyre from the Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales in Australia, in an accompanying comment. She was not involved in the study.

With the pandemic yet to peak in India, protective behaviours are critical to stop the spread of the disease. “We need very strict wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing. I would say, we literally need policing of masks and other social distancing behaviours to enforce compliance whenever you’re out, whether it is in public transport, office, school or a market,” said Dr Randeep Guleria, director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

Current evidence suggests that Covid-19 is most commonly spread by respiratory droplets, especially when people cough and sneeze, entering through the eyes, nose, and mouth, either directly or by touching a contaminated surface, but there is increasing concern about spread through aerosols, which are tiny saliva and vapour droplets suspended in air that are produced when we speak or breathe.

“I cannot say this clearly enough: masks alone will not protect you from Covid-19. Masks are not a replacement for physical distancing, hand hygiene and other public health measures. Masks are only of benefit as part of a comprehensive approach in the fight against Covid-19,” said Tedros.

“The cornerstone of the response in every country must be to find, isolate, test and care for every case, and to trace and quarantine every contact. That is what we know works. That is every country’s best defence against Covid-19,” he said.

Source : Hindustan Times


Encounter erupts in J-K’s Shopian, at least 3 terrorists trapped

A gun battle broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday morning after security forces launched a joint operation in the area, police said.

The encounter has started in Reban village of Shopian in south Kashmir, according to officials. Two to three terrorists are believed to be trapped in the area, they added.

Source : Hindustan Times


India now fifth worst-affected by Covid-19, surpasses Spain

India is now among the five worst-affected countries by the coronavirus disease. It achieved the grim milestone on Saturday evening when the total tally of infections reached 2,45,670. Spain so far has recorded 2,41,310 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Just 24 hours ago, India had surpassed Italy in terms of the number of Covid-19 cases.

However, India is still far behind in number of fatalities caused by the disease. While Italy has recorded 33,774 deaths due to Covid-19, Spain has seen 27,134 fatalities, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) data. In India, the Covid-19 death toll stands at 6,642.

There has been a spike in the daily Covid-19 count of the country. From around 6,500 cases a week ago, India is now recording close to 10,000 cases daily.

According to the Union Health Ministry, India registered a record single-day spike of 9,887 cases and 294 deaths by Saturday 8 am, pushing the tally to 2,36,657. The country registered over 9,000 cases for the third day in a row.

The number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 1,15,942. A total of 1,14,073 people have recovered with 4,611 Covid-19 patients having been cured in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said.

The ministry also said that cumulatively 45,24,317 samples have been tested so far with 1,37,938 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

According to the ministry data on Saturday morning, the highest number of confirmed cases are from Maharashtra at 80,229, followed by Tamil Nadu at 28,694, Delhi at 26,334, Gujarat at 19,094, Rajasthan at 10,084, Uttar Pradesh at 9,733 and Madhya Pradesh at 8,996.

The number of Covid-19 cases has gone up to 7,303 in West Bengal, 4,835 in Karnataka, 4,596 in Bihar and 4,303 in Andhra Pradesh.It has risen to 3,597 in Haryana, 3,324 in Jammu and Kashmir, 3,290 in Telangana and 2,608 in Odisha.

Source : Hindustan Times

Kuwait Local News

Expats can travel without Civil IDs

Informed security sources revealed instructions were issued by the Ministry of Interior to allow expats who wish to leave the country to travel without using a civil ID, provided that their residency is valid, and that the Latin name in residence is matches to the name mentioned in their passport.

The sources stated that the instructions comes within the framework to facilitate the expats who wish to travel and have valid residency and they followed the legal procedures in obtaining the civil card where they were not been able to obtain it due the closure of the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) due to ministerial decision in order to contain spread of coronavirus during the period.

The sources added that the airport security men have orders to allow holders of valid residency to travel with their passports only without the civil ID.

Source : Arab Times

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33 employees of Al Qeirawan Cooperative society infected

Al Qeirawan Cooperative society that 33 of its workers were infected with coronavirus Covid-19. The association said in a statement that it closed the cooperative market until Sunday morning to sterilize and take the necessary precautions to safeguard health of staff and public.

Source : Arab Times

Kuwait Local News

Another Indian commits suicide in Khaitan park

The MOI control room received a call stating that an Indian expatriate committed suicide in Khaitan Park after which the security men went to the location and found a body hanging on one of the children’s games located in the park. On investigation one of his friend said due to lack of jobs the deceased had been suffering.

Source : Arab Times

Kuwait Local News

2,571 expats depart from Kuwait

Kuwait International Airport witnessed the departure of 2571 residents of Gulf, Arab and Asian nationalities to their country by 12 flights.

Most of the travelers were expats who were on tourist and family visas left to their country. The airport witnessed the departure of 6 flights to Cairo and Sohag with a total of 1222 Egyptians, in addition to leaving 4 flights to India, with a total of 653 passengers, a flight left to Mali with 195 passengers, Qatar Airways left to Doha with 200 passengers.

The DGCA stated that all safety precautions including testing for coronavirus was carried out before their departure.

Source : Arab Times


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