Google Chrome Privacy Full of Dents


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News Commentary. Is anyone else bothered by just how much information Chrome collects?

Google's Chrome Privacy Policy is a wonder of disclosure. By using Chrome, Google will know way more about my surfing habits than my wife—or, gulp, me.

I've just got to excerpt from this document: "When you type URLs or queries in the address bar, the letters you type are sent to Google so the Suggest feature can automatically recommend terms or URLs you may be looking for."

Can you say keylogger? What else could "the letters you type" mean?

Now make sure you read this paragraph at least twice:

"Your copy of Google Chrome includes one or more unique application numbers. These numbers and information about your installation of the browser (e.g., version number, language) will be sent to Google when you first install and use it and when Google Chrome automatically checks for updates. If you choose to send usage statistics and crash reports to Google, the browser will send us this information along with a unique application number as well."
WTH? Application numbers? Well, well, browsing is a whole lot less anonymous with Chrome. Why is there no uproar? Microsoft got hammered by the news media in 2001 because Windows XP appeared to send user identifiable activation numbers during setup. Google is identifying your browser with a unique number. What would prevent that number from being associated with a Google ID for Gmail or related service?


/ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5
I noticed that. It's actually a convenient feature for me because it saves me from having to put all the regular sites I go to (and there are a lot) on my favorites. I also like that when I open a new tab, it has a thumbnail of my fave sites plus the last few sites I've been to - saves you from typing.

Perhaps I'm not bothered by it because I'm the only one using my netbook and even if others used it, there's no shady site I go into that I want to hide from others.

Anyway, there's always an option to clear your history and cookies after use.

I'd be more worried if it can actually record when I type passwords even if I don't choose "remember this"! Hmm...