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Google criticized for Chrome alternate that logs users in without telling them

Google criticized for Chrome alternate that logs users in without telling them

From now on, every time you log into a Google property (for example, Gmail), Chrome will automatically sign the browser into your Google account for you.

Aside from a redesigned interface, the browser update automatically signs people into Chrome when they sign into a separate Google service such as Gmail, for instance. Johns Hopkins professor and cryptography expert Matthew Green has also raised privacy and trust concerns about the change on his blog.

In a nutshell, the situation is that Chrome used to allow users to skip through the World Wide Web without needing to sign into Google's browser services.

"A few weeks ago Google shipped an update to Chrome that fundamentally changes the sign-in experience", he wrote. As long as you remain logged out, your browser activity is only stored locally on your machine. However, if you'd like to disable the feature and return Chrome's behaviour to how it was previously just head to chrome://flags/#account-consistency in the address bar and switch the option to "Disabled" and relaunch your browser.

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When at least one clients would utilize a similar Chrome program, information from at least one clients would incidentally be sent to someone else's Google account.

It's worth noting that passwords and bookmarks aren't synced by default when you're signed in automatically to Chrome 69, but that might not be enough to allay people's security fears.

We reached out to Google for comment and a spokesperson pointed us to another Twitter thread from Felt in which she explained that this change is meant to prevent multiple users from mistakenly believing they're logged in on a shared device. Adjustments love this one, even though, are fodder for critics who allege Google is slowly changing Chrome from a neutral platform into something created to push of us in opposition to Google companies and the Google scheme of doing things.

I tried and my Google account was still logged in while other accounts were logged out after removing cookies on Chrome.

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To some of us, these complaints could well maybe maybe also seem exiguous-fry or obvious. "But what happens if your browser decides to switch you from one mode to the other, all on its own?"

A software company, called Brave Software, has developed an open-source ad-blocking Brave browser and Basic Attention Token (BAT) that may be able to counter user dissatisfaction with Chrome.

That criticism proved to be wrong, as Google engineers have clarified on Twitter that this auto-login operation does not start the process of synchronizing local data to Google's servers, which will require a user click.

Late on Sunday night, Google responded to the growing controversy by confirming the login change.

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Another sticking point is Canada's protected dairy industry, which isn't in the current deal but where the USA wants concessions. However, if anything that might add more pressure on the U.S. , which has squeezed a good deal out of Mexico.

On desktop versions of Chrome, signing into or out of any Google web service (e.g. google.com) signs you into or out of Chrome. There is a reason Google works so hard to encourage logins on Android and Chrome.


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