Oliver Mitchell

Google Chrome Tightens Its Privacy


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Possibly inspired by Apple’s new privacy features, Chrome is getting a new option, which serves to protect your privacy. However, is it even usable?

Google has decided to add a new feature to its browser: Privacy Guide to Chrome. It’s displayed as a flag icon, and you can put the feature to test on your phone or tablet.

It will be located in the Settings menu, right under the Security & Privacy tab. The Guide will explain to you what kind of info is collected and why it’s done in the first place.

If something from the “spy” list doesn’t go well with you, it is implied you can prohibit info collecting. Reportedly, the Guide can already be tested on mobile gizmos. To do that:

  1. Launch Chrome on your device.
  2. In the address bar, type this query: chrome://flags.
  3. Tap Enter.
  4. Scroll until you find the Privacy & Security tab.
  5. Once you find it, tap on it. 
  6. It will browse Privacy Review among all else.
  7. Select Enabled and re-launch Chrome.

Supposedly, after you fulfill this algorithm, you’ll be entitled to control your privacy in Chrome. However, an obstacle may appear in your way.

It is reported, that the Privacy Guide to Chrome isn’t available on all Android devices. And why some run into just a blank page when trying to access the Guide, others can’t even spot the new feature.

In case you’re unaware, almost every app collects your personal data to sell it to advertisers later. It includes your search engine queries, your online habits and behavior, files that you store, things you buy, messages you text, and so on.

It’s also not a secret anymore that apps do some “eavesdropping”. So, don’t be surprised that you’ll be recommended to buy a thing which you’ve mentioned aloud earlier.

It’s pretty doubtful that Google will part with commercial spying — ads are the #1 revenue source for the company.

Among safe browsers, you will find Brave, DuckDuckGo, and Firefox. And what is your favorite mobile browser? Let us know in the comments!

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