Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Chrome Now Logs all Google Users Into the Browser. Should You Care?

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Mandy Jefferson | 28 September, 2018, 07:28

Green, who has been using Chrome for a long time after it surfaced as an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer in 2008, said, a few weeks ago, an update made to Chrome quietly signed users in to their Google accounts every time they visited a Google site.

As noted by infosec and system architect expert Bálint, "Chrome is a Google Service that happens to include a Browser Engine". But Green is correct that Chrome's privacy policy didn't make the new change clear enough, and he said he'd been assured that the policy would be updated.

Previously, Chrome users had to enter their Google credentials and manually sign into Chrome if they wanted to turn over their browsing history to Google. Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world with a almost 60 percent market share globally and about 50 percent in the US. However, Green's point about users not fully understanding what's going on and potentially unwittingly authorizing their browsing data to be sent to Google is valid. Not signing in to Chrome was an easy way to make sure the feature wasn't "accidentally" enabled.

In one tweet, she confirmed that Google had changed the login procedures.

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Felt also explains that the reason Google decided to make this change was to put an end to any confusion users may have had when trying to sign out of public or shared devices. The company doesn't appear to be changing its mind, though, so anyone concerned about being signed in to Chrome will either have to be more vigilant or switch to a different browser. Matthew Green, an outstanding cryptography master and educator at Johns Hopkins University, brought up in a blog entry today that Google has likewise updated the Sync account interface in a way that it isn't clear any longer to clients when they are signed in or what catch they should push to begin matching up. This part probably best sums up his post - and the same reason for other hand-wringing in various outlets today about the new Chrome release: "In "basic browser mode, '" he says, "your data is stored locally".

According to ZDNet, the change has angered Google users. And if you're logged off one, you're also logged of both.

Up until Matt Green wrote about the new login requirements, Google had said nothing about it. As CCN reported, the firm recently filed two formal complaints against Google, arguing that the firm has violated Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). More data is useful for personalization of ad targeting, but these kinds of changes come with risks for Google.

While Chrome browsing histories are not now synced to people's Google accounts, the fear is that this will happen in the near future and could become a major threat to privacy. Doing so scheme users can sync data love bookmarks, passwords, and skimming history between devices, a feature Google calls "Chrome Sync".

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