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Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

Chrome 69 ties Google services with browser login

Green, who has been using Chrome for a long time after it surfaced as an alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer in 2008, said, a few weeks ago, an update made to Chrome quietly signed users in to their Google accounts every time they visited a Google site.

The Chrome team at Google is now updating the browser's privacy notice to make the new sign-in process more clear to the users, Felt stated in her tweets. In short, the change means that when you sign into a Google service - such as Gmail - you are also automatically signed into this account within Chrome itself.

Green added that the Chrome sign-in changes could have "privacy implications even if Sync is off", because Chrome developers couldn't give answers regarding the details of how Sync works.

For years, Google allowed users of its Chrome browser to surf the web without logging in through a personal Google account. Note that signing into any Google.com Web service signs you into Chrome, but syncing is apparently optional; but the first sentence in this section seems to indicate that signing into a Chromebook or a Chrome browser automatically turns on syncing. On the plus side, if you sign in to Chrome on a different computer, all your stuff - including extensions, bookmarks, browsing history and saved passwords - will show up, ready to use.

On clear browser data dialog window, it clearly says that "you won't be singed out of your Google Account". Now, if user sign into any of Google's properties, they are signed in to Chrome.

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My teammates made this alternate to remain surprises in a shared tool scenario. Ironically, Google's supposed reason for the change is that common users are actually confused by the separation of the two accounts.

And let's not forget, this is the same company that landed in hot water last month for tracking user location history even after users make it clear they don't want that to occur. The new version of the browser has brought a slew of new features and a redesigned UI, most of which had been thoroughly described in online materials supplied by Google - all but this one.

While a handful of people have welcomed the new sign-in activity, there is a very vocal number who are extremely unhappy. Google has been in a kind of arms race with Facebook to capture and understand user data for targeting, remarketing and attribution.

The problem, if there is one, certainly comes from Google's lack of transparency about the change.

Google changed its privacy policy over the weekend to reflect the fact that synchronization is only enabled if you explicitly choose it. He is also a frequent critic of Facebook and Google's privacy practices. For this to happen, Chrome Sync must be enabled one by one. The user still has to make the conscious choice to sign in and sync their information. Green also argues, however, that this doesn't matter: The tying together of service and Chrome sign-ins is a 'dark pattern, ' he says, arguing - with others - that it serves no good goal other than to make it easier for users to begin synchronising their data with the company.