Chrome 70 will let users opt out of auto sign-in feature, delete Google cookies


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Matthew Green, a professor of Cryptography at Johns Hopkins University, discovered the sign in feature and explained that it had turned him off the browser he once loved. While many were concerned by the potential privacy implications, Google Chrome manager Adrienne Porter Felt said that the change was there to remind users when they were signed in. Felt added that this does not mean logging into Google services automatically enables Chrome Sync, which stores data (browsing history, passwords, bookmarks, etc.) to the company’s servers.

But Google has listened to the feedback and will be offering more control over the feature in Chrome 70. According to the company's post, users will be able to "turn off linking web-based sign-in with browser-based sign-in." It will still be on by default, but you can now opt out.

Google is also updating Chrome’s UI to make it clear whether a user is signed out, signed in and syncing, or signed in and not syncing.

The clear cookies function is also changing. While the ‘clear all’ option in settings leaves behind Google auth cookies that allow users to remain signed into the browser, Chrome 70 really will delete them all, thereby signing people out of their Google accounts.

Chrome 70 is set for release in mid-October.

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Should've been opt in from the start. Making it opt out doenst fix the problem.

And nobody believes google. How many times did they "disable location tracking" with an opt out, only to include ANOTHER switch somewhere else you wouldnt think to look?
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