Privacy fears haunt Google’s Chrome browser

It’s cool, clean and crisp, but Google’s own shiny web browser has got privacy advocates worried about the technology that Google employs to deliver Chrome’s sleek features. There is fear that through its own browser Google, whose wealth rests upon the information it gathers of people who use the Internet, now has more means to track web surfers’ browsing activities.

One of those who sounded the early warning bells was ComputerWorld’s Preston Gralla, who says :

The new browser could be Google’s greatest privacy invader yet. In fact, Chrome can send back the keystrokes you type into its Address Bar, even if you don’t bother to hit Enter. I’ve got details, along with a fix.

Gralla explains that Chrome’s Omnibox, which serves as the browser’s address bar, has a feature that auto-suggests websites as you type. He said that this information is sent back to Google, which allows it to suggest websites based on the keystrokes. Gralla provides a "fix" to disable this feature.

Meanwhile, the Coderr blog, says Google Chrome’s privacy is "worse than you think." He explains:

They (Google) will know (almost) every partial URL you type into the location bar. More than that, they will know every word or phrase you type into the location bar, even if you type it and then delete it before pressing enter. More than that, all this information can be linked with your main Google account, because Google sends your cookie along with every automatic search it performs from the location bar. Chrome will use the cookie of whatever Google account you are currently logged into.

What’s more alarming is that the "company plans to store about 2 percent of that data–and plans to store it along with the Internet Protocol address of the computer that typed it," according to
Ina Fried of CNet.

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