Friday, September 5, 2008

Google Chrome

You may or may not have heard that Google has developed a web browser that is proposed to be one of the best out there.

"Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier." ~Google Team

What you may not have thought about however is Google's mission. Here are a few sections from the article.

"...despite the company’s motto, and childlike logo and homepage, this is the real driving force behind the company. And the long-term goal of this applied technology? Google has already said it: to manage all of the world’s information."

Only a few people have noticed yet that in the Terms of Service for signing up for Chrome, Google demands “perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide, royalty free and non-exclusive” license to any materials users create with the browser [Under public pressure, Google retracted the Chrome Terms of Service last night – ed.]

And that’s only part of the story: an earlier reviewer of Chrome, Andrew Cheung of TGDaily, has noted that the browser almost seems to work “too well.” For example, Cheung found that with a few keystrokes, Chrome will go into an on-line banking site and find account numbers, balances and transaction activity. Cheung suggests that it is a security flaw in the product. I’m not so sure.

Microsoft only wanted all of our money. Increasingly, it seems that Google wants all of our data. In running away from the Evil Empire, have we now instead rushed into the arms of Big Brother?"




Anonymous said...

Looks like Google wants to rule the world!

Ryan said...

They changed the EULA after people protested.

JWP said...

Thanks for the article, JC. I think Google's agenda sounds pretty scary, with the Google Earth, censorship, etc...