PSA: Google Chrome's Under Fire for 'Data Harvesting,' Here's What You Need to Know

A lawsuit was also filed against the tech giant with regard to the browser's Incognito feature.
by The Candy Staff   |  Mar 23, 2021
Image: Shutterstock
Share This!

Google Chrome is arguably one of the most used web browsers in the world given the convenience it provides. But it seems the usage of it poses security and privacy issues for users. In a recent report by Forbes, Google Chrome is revealed to have been "harvesting" huge amounts of data from users compared to its competitors, after Apple implemented a new privacy policy that requires app developers to reveal the extent of data they are collecting.

Forbes compared Google's data collection to Facebook's and concluded that it's "no different" from the issues Facebook users are facing in terms of privacy. After Apple's new policy on privacy labels, internet search engine DuckDuckGo shared on Twitter just how much data Google was collectinginformation which, according to them, took the tech giant months to share. According to DuckDuckGo's tweet, the kind of data Google and Google Chrome can collect from its users include, but are not limited to, location, browsing history, financial information, user content, identifiers (like user ID and device ID), contact information, and search history.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

While Google assures that it does not use data from apps such as Gmail, Google Drive, Calendar, and Photos for advertising purposes, Forbes points out that Google Chrome is not part of this list.

CONTINUE READING BELOW
Featured Video

Aside from its data collection, Google was also recently under fire in the U.S. after a lawsuit has been filed against the tech giant with regard to the browser's Incognito feature. The lawsuit claims that Google continues to track users and collect data from them even when in Incognito mode.

While Google tried to counter the lawsuit by saying that it explicitly informs users that the browser will still be able to collect information despite being in Incognito mode, a U.S. district judge has ruled that the lawsuit shall go forward.

***

#WATCHCANDY: Subscribe to Candy Magazine on YouTube and follow @candymagdotcom on Tiktok for guides to college life and beyond.

REAX!
How do you feel about this article?
About the author
The Candy Staff
VIEW OTHER ARTICLES FROM The Candy Staff
How do you feel?
Click on your mood to read related stories
The Latest
LOAD MORE ARTICLES
CONNECT WITH US