5 replies on “Google makes auto-login optional in Chrome 70 in response to privacy feedback”

  1. I remember when AOL created their own portal-based browser. It had very specific AOL features. I imagine Google trying to do the same here while, at the same time, attempting to unify the ChromeOS experience with their standalone browser.

    The problem… like with most tech companies, data collection and tracking is out of control. We don’t trust them and they continue to do it to themselves. I don’t even trust that with or without a sign-in, or cookies getting squashed – Google (and their ilk) aren’t still collecting the same data.

    1. I’m pretty confused at all the backlash on this tbh.

      I get when it looked like they were enabling sync by default, that’d be huge, but they’re not — it just makes it easier to see when you’re logged in.

      Literally they’re still tracking you the same way now as they were before, so I get being upset about that, but this wasn’t a real change one way or the other, right?

      1. They didn’t have to auto log you in, they could have just put the user icon along side the URL bar if all they wanted was just people to be more aware of their logged in status.

        This was a power move plain & simple. Google has done this many times before with their majority market share in Chrome. I have absolutely no doubt that their next move would have been auto syncing after that. Hopefully this backlash will stall their plans by a few years.

        Do I believe this was an engineering idea? Of course not. It was definitely a management idea.

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