When you sign into Chrome, you can sync passwords, bookmarks, and browsing history in between devices by letting Google save your browser data in their servers.
Sync has been present in Chrome for years, but until now, the system worked independently from the logged-in state of Google accounts.
According to security researcher S. Bálint, any time someone using Chrome 69 logs into a Google service or site, they are also logged into Chrome-as-a-browser with that user account. Google's Adrienne Porter Felt clarified in a series of tweets that the user would need to perform two extra clicks in order to start uploading their data to the cloud.
When one or more users would be using the same Chrome browser, data from one or more users would accidentally be sent to another person's Google account. "I have since deleted Chrome from my computer and the Gmail app from my phone". It comes with a new design - you must have noticed the rounded edges of the tabs and some of the round buttons that are part of Google's material design.
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Google's latest Chrome release has set off major privacy alarm bells. In "signed-in" mode, your data gets shipped to Google's servers instead of being stored locally and the veneer of privacy is completely removed.
Matthew Green, cryptography expert and professor at Johns Hopkins University's Information Security Institute, wrote in a blog post the problem Google claims to be addressing shouldn't affect "users who chose not to sign into the browser in the first place".
Google is saying that the browser history data doesn't go to Google automatically and that users must opt in to have that happen. To wit, Brave's Android app has more than 10 million downloads, and the company says that the browser now has 4 million monthly active users across all devices, up from 3 million in July. 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". They could add an additional checkbox there to ask if a user doesn't want Google Cookies to be removed. "Sync is only enabled if you choose".
In response to Green's Twitter thread, Google Chrome product supervisor Adrienne Porter Felt talked about that Google made this trade to prevent customers who share units from pondering that they'd signed out of Chrome when they in actuality had not. "But when pressed on the actual details, nobody seems quite sure".