Google secretly logs users into Chrome via Gmail and its other services

Google secretly logs users into Chrome via Gmail and its other services

Google secretly logs users into Chrome via Gmail and its other services

The new feature is called account consistency and is created to provide a level of consistency between signed in services and the browser; as mentioned before, this is simply a display change, and the Chrome browser does not automatically sign in and sync with your other Chrome browsers.

Google has started to automatically log some users into its services without their knowledge, a decision that has caused an uproar in the security community and led to a prominent researcher saying he has swapped browsers out of privacy concerns.

The revamp, which syncs the search history of millions of users to their personal Gmail account, could prompt users to favour Google's own email provider over other email providers, he claimed. But along with the new nice features, the Chrome 69 also comes with a new feature that it tries to sneak onto users and which has serious privacy implications. In a blog post titled "Why I am done with Chrome" he wrote, "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".

Passwords and bookmarks aren't synced by default when you're signed in automatically to Chrome 69, but that might not be enough to stop people worrying.

According to Adrienne Porter Felt, an engineer & manager for the Google Chrome team, to permanently remove Google authentication cookies you first need to sign out of Google and then clear the cookies.

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Google recently pushed a new update to Google Chrome that brings lots of changes including changes in design as well.

Chrome 69 released to users on September 5, and you likely noticed that it has a different look.

Green said it was "nuts" for Google to suggest users are safe because of the sync-consent page.

As detailed by cryptographer and professor Matthew Green on his blog on Sunday, Google made the change several weeks ago. However, Green's point about users not fully understanding what's going on and potentially unwittingly authorizing their browsing data to be sent to Google is valid. Perhaps the user simply doesn't want to risk any of his or her browsing data "leaking" into Google's servers.

Google's Adrienne Porter Felt, shedding some light on the issue, tweeted that user has to proceed further with two extra clicks in order to link the data to the cloud and this remains wholly to the user discretion. Some developers have also built a privacy centric fork of Chrome called Ungoogled-Chrome. No can do. You selected strict settings in Facebook for your profile data? Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world with a almost 60 percent market share globally and about 50 percent in the US. Google servers do not access your data like your browsing history, passwords or other data. This changed with the most recent update, our sister site ZDNet reports, citing multiple users.

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