Friday, September 12, 2008

3 | Regain Your Privacy in Google Chrome

3 Steps to Regain Your Privacy in Google Chrome |

"Google’s new browser Chrome is causing quite a stir, especially among people worried about privacy and security.

Each installation of Chrome receives a unique ID number, which is submitted to Google, for example when the browser is updated or when the program crashes. In order to present personalized suggestions while the user is typing into the Omnibox, Google relies on an outside database. To feed the database and make these personalized suggestions possible, all entries are logged in combination with the user’s IP address.

Although Google claims that the ID and logs from the Omnibox are stored anonymously and are not being used to create user profiles that may reveal browsing habits and personal interests, doubts remain. As a matter of fact, users do not have any control over what the gathered information is really being used for. Trust is good, control is better."

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