I recently saw several articles online that somehow prove that Google are using Google Chrome to track the user's behavior and collecting all the data and seeing every tiny bit that the user is doing on the browser. I know websites like eBay do it with Cookies (which we can remove easily) and also through Skype and use it against their users.
Could that be true? even in the current version? (because most articles are from 2008-9). If so, that is terrible, there's no privacy, also, don't forget that Google rules the internet, they will use it against users in the future.
Answer by yeahmeknows · Jan 24, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Thank you for your comments.
The thing is that I am a web developer and need to test my creations on all major browsers but I don't really feel safe even if Chrome is just on my computer without even open it LOL.
@Mattophobia: right now, they can't do anything with your information, but the bigger they grow the more powerful they'll be, eventually they will rule the internet and have information on everyone and with that, they will be able to control the users and what they do. Worst case scenario, if they don't want you around, they will just "block" you out of certain websites, like they do on those websites with the browser's phishing filter which by default take it's information from google. I had a online shopping cart that got hacked and google just put a "block" through the phishing filter on it and all browsers received it. I'm not saying what they did is wrong, it's very good, but I believe in the future they will use this technology against users, if they don't like someone for what he sees, BOOM - HE'S BLOCKED. There's a reason why they released a free web browser and invested millions in promoting it.
That's what I believe anyway, it might and might not happen but overall, they are a several billion dollar company and for them everything that's going on will become a "Game".
Answer by grassrox · Jul 12, 2012 at 04:35 PM
It's hard to believe red-blooded Americans have become so complacent as to not care that they are continuously under a microscope. All of our likes, dislikes, habits, health problems, sexual orientations . . . EVERYTHING (yes, over a particular time frame all the pieces of your puzzle will become evident), every aspect of our lives is available to anyone, any time for a fee. How is this right?
When you get turned down for that job because the employer has found out through a background check that includes a report compiled from your internet activity, that you have a high blood pressure or like to gamble or are a Mormon, maybe then you'll uninstall Chrome, install a firewall and delete your cookies every time you close your browser.
Answer by dunfiddlin · Jul 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Are you freaking serious! 3/4 of the world's population uses Google. Do you seriously think that anyone is tracking you individually and spying on your every move? Nobody 'sees' this information. It is either fed back to your computer to affect how you interact with Google in the future or aggregated in huge anonymous lumps to determine trends. What Google knows about you, even from daily use of all its services, is less than nothing compared to your local supermarket (if you have a loyalty card), your town council, or the people who live three doors down on your street. Get a fricking grip (or strand yourself on a desert island)!
Answer by Vancar6 · Jan 24, 2011 at 04:14 PM
They do use it to track you for ADVERTS. I was looking for a IBM server on Ebay and saw a ad on Youtube that showed up what i have been searching for on Ebay. Same goes for other company's, Network Solution's i was looking for some domains there, i get ads from them on Youtube. Nothing big, bugs me a little.
Answer by trueb · Jan 24, 2011 at 09:37 PM
well first off your problem is that you expect privacy on the web... once you get over the fact that you really dont have any such privacy. whether or not chrome is tracking you, there are 1000s of other pages that also are tracking you, there is no such thing as privacy on the internet.
Answer by ClosetFuturist · Jul 12, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Businesses for the most part derive statistical information anonymously. They all do it. I think a lot of them would get less grief for it if they would do what Steam does and just admit to it and say what they do with it. They all have written privacy statements. Few read them and for some reason they still seem to think it's enough.
Check out the #online# settings manager for Flash Player and you can see some of your browsing history stored there.