Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

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However, Adrienne Porter Felt - an engineer and manager on the Google Chrome team - said that the user data is not getting uploaded to Google servers. Logging out of a Google service will also force log you out of Google Chrome. The other issue of focus is Google's decision to be so quiet about such a major change.

Sync has been present in Chrome for years, but until now, the system worked independently from the logged-in state of Google accounts. If you log into any Google service on that browser, it will automatically log Chrome into the corresponding Google account.

Google's decision to further erode its data protection policies presents an opportunity for privacy-focused companies like courageous to make further penetrate the crowded browser market. First and foremost, they are angry because they don't have this ability to decide when they log into their browser, and second, they are angry because Google had failed to tell them about this new move.

The explanation has left many people still wondering why Google has not mentioned the new browser login behavior prominently in the announcements leading up to the launch of Chrome 69.


But the criticism doesn't stop here. Some claim that Google hid this new change in the Chrome 69 release, hoping that nobody would spot it among all the goodies the company added to its browser, hence, the reason why it did take over two weeks for Google aficionados to spot the update. The kindly search provider had, of course, its users' best interests at heart and had merely tweaked the UI to make sure users knew they were still signed in - in case they handed their device over to someone else, for example. He called the Chrome consent page a "dark pattern", a common term that refers to a user interface created to deceive or mislead people. In his post "Why I'm done with Chrome", Green points out that a user would have had to be signed into Google Chrome to begin with for this to be a problem needing a fix to begin with. But Google isn't seeing any more or less of his data now than before, and won't unless users opt in. The argument here is if you wouldn't trust Google with your documents, files, or photos due to privacy concerns, then you now can no longer trust Google Chrome with your information either.

He suggested that this could lead users to mistakenly consent.

Microsoft has suffered a major reputational blow due to its initially hidden Windows 10 telemetry practices, and so has Facebook in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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