Google Chrome was recently released and was called a “beautiful new web browser that computer users can download with a click for more stability navigating rich media on the web.” However, if you read the small print in the user agreement, you see that Google actually have alot of power towards your personal web browsing.
Here are extracts from the user agreement to demonstrate this:
1. Google reserves the right to automatically update and install Chrome.
This is becoming standard fare with much software these days, but worth noting.
“The software which you use may automatically download and install
updates from time to time from Google. These updates are designed to
improve, enhance and further develop the services and may take the
form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and
completely new versions. You agree to receive such updates (and permit
Google to deliver these to you) as part of your use of the services.”
2. Although you retain any copyrights to content you own and use in the browser, Google says it has a right to display any of your content, to anyone, for anything, in conjunction with promoting its services. Here’s their exact wording.
“By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a
perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license
to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly
display and distribute any content which you submit, post or display on or
through, the services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling
Google to display, distribute and promote the services and may be revoked
for certain services as defined in the additional terms of those services.”
Key Sentence here that should throw up a red flag: “any content which you submit, post or display on or through, the service.”
3. Don’t be surprised to see more ads.
Traditionally, it is Web pages and not the browser itself that serves ads. Google isn’t saying it will change this paradigm, but its terms of service don’t rule that out either.
“Some of the services are supported by advertising revenue and may
display advertisements and promotions. These advertisements may be
targeted to the content of information stored on the services, queries
made through the services or other information.The manner, mode and
extent of advertising by Google on the services are subject to change
without specific notice to you.”
Key Sentence: “subject to change without specific notice to you”