Big Problems With Google Chrome
Google's Chrome browser was launched yesterday and it's already popular. One source is saying that Chrome already has a market share of 2.6%, not bad growth for one day.
However, minor annoyance of no GNU/Linux port aside, there are some big problems with Chrome:
- Google gets perpetual, exclusive rights to all content you submit, post or display on or through Chrome;
- Google update is installed along with Chrome and needs a registry edit and removal of a scheduled task to remove it;
- every install of Chrome gets a unique ID, when a user logs in to their Google account (using Chrome), the account is permanently linked to the Chrome installation;
- all URLs including any mis-typed URLs entered into the address bar are sent to Google (however, this may be switched off);
- an enterprising Slashdotter has looked through the source code of Chrome and found that it transmits almost everything the user does, including opening and closing tabs, memory usage, whether the window is maximised, etc. (frankly though, this needs checking and confirmation);
I have an inkling that most won't be worried about these issues until something like the Viacom vs. Youtube court case comes around again. If they didn't collect the data in the first place, it wouldn't be a problem.
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