But looks like there is a new feature called "“Activity and interactions” link your browser history to your account even if sync is of: https://www.google.com/chrome/privacy/whitepaper.html
This one also has privacy implications.
I'm moving away from Chrome. https://twitter.com/matthew_d_green/status/1043504183633223680
Every bit *as good as*. Oy.
I switched to Firefox and I’m finding it every bit as Chrome. Also doesn’t surreptititiously associate your browsing with a Google account!
I want Krasinski to play Ryan EXACTLY like Jim and for that to become current canon.
In the face of that kind of detail, it’s utterly bonkers to add a “security feature” that arbitrarily switches you from one mode into the other with no obvious notice or warning. It renders the entire document meaningless.
The entire document can be summarized as a promise that if you aren’t logged in, data will only be stored locally, and if you *are* logged in, all bets are off. It’s pretty darn clear.
The Google people I know who work on Chrome are all excellent folks. The fact that they view this login change as NBD indicates to me that they made a miscalculation (which hopefully they’ll address) or they were very successfully played by corporate management.
Secondly, people: there is a *reason* Google works so hard to encourage logins on Android and Chrome. And the obvious reason is that those platforms provide user data they *can’t get from their other sources*.
Also deeply fed up with people saying “Google et al. already track you around the web, so why is this a big deal?” First off: just because there are abusive practices on the web does not justify layering on the mother of all privacy abuses.
And sure, I’m talking about porn. But honestly, that’s probably the least of it. Political opinions. Mental health websites. Abortion clinic websites. Who would think forced identification is a good thing?
There’s an entire class of browsing many folks will feel uncomfortable doing if their browser has a little icon in the window that says “Hi <User> I know this is you!” This is Human Behavior 101.
I’m also annoyed at the people who say “it’s just all your browsing data so what’s the big deal?” It’s my *browsing data* that’s exactly why it’s a big deal!!!
I do wish the mandatory login change to Chrome would get some more mainstream (tech) coverage.
I intend to die on this hill.