“A switch has silently been flipped in millions of instances of Google Chrome: those browsers will begin sorting their users into groups based on behavior, then sharing group labels with third-party trackers and advertisers…”


My new tech book talks about how Google Chrome handles certain security features and particular data it promises to validate.

My editor read it and said, "OMG, my company is ripping Chrome out of everywhere RIGHT FREAKING NOW." She stopped editing to have her people do it.

And then this.

Chrome is bad, y'all.

@mwlucas When they deleted “don’t be evil” from their mission statement, it was a warning everyone ignored.

Regulating certain digital things like public utilities is a necessity, not a luxury, but legislature doesn’t catch up with reality in anything approaching a punctual fashion.

@mwlucas Once Google starts costing legislators or other big corporations a punitive amount of cash, we’ll see some regulation. But until then…nothing. Like Amazon, I’m afraid.

@lilithsaintcrow @mwlucas Warning signs about Google go back further than their formal decision of "screw it lets just be evil". By then it was just an admission they were kidding everyone, themselves included.

For at least 15 years or so (say, when G Maps really strarted pushing out satellite image views, street views, war-driving neighbourhoods etc) the dysopian signs were there. Everything Google did was "amazing...but really creepy" even then.

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