The latest update to Google's popular Chrome browser includes a policy change that upsets privacy advocates: The browser automatically logs users into Chrome using other Google services.

But on the negative side for people worried about privacy, Google can add that data to the huge amount it already has for you through other linked accounts like Google Maps and YouTube. Google uses this data to target ads.

Previously, using the Google Chrome browser, it was possible to sign in to a Google service, such as Gmail, without actually logging in to the browser itself. The browser stores information only locally. You never had a chance to return it to Google (unless you signed in to Chrome on your own).

Ultimately, this change will make Google Chrome more and more a different Google service than a neutral platform for surfing the Web.



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