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New Google browser raises privacy concerns

November 5, 2008 by  

Can Google respect people's privacy?The group Consumer Watchdog is calling on the Justice Department and state attorneys general to protect consumer privacy amid concerns about Google’s new Chrome browser.

It has raised a red flag about the danger of Google selling information about people’s web usage to third parties, saying that the company has "a financial interest in knowing ever more about who we are" online.

Chrome’s features include easier access to bookmarked pages, desktop shortcuts to web applications, and warnings if surfers are about to access an unsafe website. Chrome also includes an "Incognito" mode that allows surfers to prevent pages from showing up in their browsing history.

However, Consumer Watchdog urges Google to "ensure that Incognito mode has the full meaning the word implies when users opt for it." The group wants Google to protect consumer privacy with a single, instant Incognito button that remains in default mode and keeps information from outside servers.

"If Google won’t solve its own privacy problems, the company must be prepared for regulators to put the brakes on its unprecedented growth," said Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court.

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  • patty

    My husband and I were blogging on ABC News yesterday about Obama and all our posts have been deleted. What happened to freedom of speech. They were not mean and we did not use filthy language in the blogs we just stated some facts!!!

    • http://Newsmax marty

      They have Deleted me off because I speak up for Rush and Fox news amd also consertives.
      There is no freedom of speech
      Unless it is for the left.

  • Vern

    First, I don’t understand why these two comments are posted under comments about the privacy issue of Google’s “CHROME” browser. They didn’t mention what browser they were using. If their comments were not allowed or deleted by the blogmaster why complain about “CHROME”? I have used “chrome” for a test run. I have read the documentation provided. While it is true that the incognito option does not keep information from other IP’s the documentation does not say it will. It does however keep other users of their own computer from easily finding a history of web usage on that computer just as the documentation says it will. Neither IE, Netscape, FireFox, CHROME or any other browser that I have tested pass the complete privacy test that was implied and I am responding to. Short of GHOSTSURF and similar software that utilize anonymous IP tunnels that hide the Internet path the same way a router hides the LAN from the WAN they all fall short. Browsers use two way communication on an open line and that is that.

    Late, Vern…


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