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Germany warns users against using Google Chrome

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    phreaks

    http://timesonline.typepad.com/technology/2008/09/is-googles-new.html

    BSI said:

    The Federal Office for Information Security warned internet users of the new browser Chrome. The application by the company Google should not be used for surfing the internet, as a spokesperson for the office told the Berliner Zeitung. It was said to be problematic that Chrome was distributed as an unfinished advance version. Furthermore it was said to be risky that user data is hoarded with a single vendor. With its search engine, email program and the new browser, Google now covers all important areas on the internet.

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    Jon Monreal

    I find this surprising that a government is actually warning its people against using a software product when the company in question is Google. This is what I would typically expect toward Microsoft, not Google.

    For one, they say that it is problematic that Chrome is being distributed as an "unfinished advanced version," which is true. However, Google makes this perfectly clear on their website that Chrome is still in beta and not a finished product. They are simply doing what Microsoft does with CTPs - allowing users to get a taste of and test their new software.

    Also, Microsoft offers a search engine, email program and a browser. Indeed, Yahoo and a number of other vendors offer a search engine, email program, and other services much like Google does.

    In promoting Chrome, Google really has little to gain. The browser is open source, and if the source is compiled the Google Terms of Service doesn't even apply. Anyone can look at and modify the source, so if there was a danger of Google getting even more information from Chrome, it would probably already be big news from how many people have likely been combing it over. I think it would have been wiser for the German government to not attack Chrome, which is a great high-profile credit for them to come out with a release warning against, but instead to make claims that are highly substantiated and try to spread the word of how much information Google really does have on its users from its online services, while considering that other providers do basically the same.

    What's important is that Google's dedication to the policies of "do no evil" is being questioned, and that can be substantiated.

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    brian.​shapiro

    We need littleguru's opinion on this.

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    littleguru

    brian.shapiro said:
    We need littleguru's opinion on this.
    I have been following this the last few days. What they say is that Google is accumulating too much data. It seems they don't like that aspect of Chrome.

    It might also be true that people (and probably the government) doesn't like the security issues with Chrome but AFAIK the first reason is the accumulation of data. One point of critic has also been the unique identifier that is created and stored during the installation of the Chrome browser. This identifier is also carried on when the browser gets uninstalled - it is not removed. During the next install the browser detects the existing number and uses that again... this is also a conceirn that has been expressed.

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