Google to allow Chrome users to disable controversial login requirement, but leaves it on by default

“Google is responding to criticism this week over its recent change to Chrome login behavior,” Tom Warren reports for The Verge. “Security experts criticized Google for automatically forcing Chrome users to log into the browser if they signed into Gmail on the web”

“You typically choose to sign into Chrome itself if you want to sync bookmarks, passwords, and browsing history between devices. While Google claims sync isn’t automatically enabled, the change has been interpreted as a method to trick users into inadvertently sharing more data. Google is now offering more control over the changes,” Warren reports. “In a blog post entitled ‘Product updates based on your feedback,’ Chrome product manager Zach Koch explains that Google is responding to the criticisms with some changes in Chrome 70. Google is adding a new control to disable the automatic Chrome sign in. Despite the control, it appears the automatic Chrome sign in (when you sign into Gmail on the web) will still be the default behavior.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Google doesn’t care. By making it the default, the major of Chrome-using suckers will be handing Google their personal data anyway. This big, oh-so-magnanimous “response” is just feel-good bullshit. If Google really were interested in properly responding to the criticism, they’d have this log in requirement off by default – opt-in rather than opt-out – but, of course, Google makes money because its suckers are its product, so that’ll never happen.

This ‘don’t be evil’ mantra: It’s bullshit.Steve Jobs, 2010

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    1. SOMETHING has to be the default, and it only makes sense that it is Google.
      That said, eff google. I’ve taken what I can off of my devices. Same with FaceCrook.
      But most consumers are looking for web searches that are most relevant – many if not most don’t even know about privacy and/or cyber security – they want the best search results, and sadly, it’s google. I use duck, but it’s simply not as encompassing.

  1. I had kept Chrome as a back-up, for those websites that don’t play nice with Safari. But after reading this, I deleted the app off all my devices. Gotta draw the line somewhere.

    I’m doing my best to de-googlize my life, but it’s not easy. I’ve asked my university’s IT department to install a NAS drive in our office for file sharing and backup. They want me to use Google Drive instead, since it’s free — and they give the university free unlimited storage.

    It’s hard to convince them that free always comes at a price, sooner or later.

  2. Being on by default is no surprise since Chrome is a Google product and user convenience is one aim. That said, does Safari, Opera, etc. also default to logging in to Google services after you do it once?

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