Last modified: 9 February 2010
You do not need to provide any personally identifying information in order to download and use Google Chrome. When you download Google Chrome or use it to contact Google’s servers, Google receives only standard log information including your machine’s IP address and one or more cookies. You can configure Google Chrome not to send cookies to Google or other sites as explained here.
In addition, some Google Chrome features send limited additional information to Google:
Sites that you visit using Google Chrome will automatically receive standard log information similar to that received by Google. These sites may also set their own cookies or use web storage on your machine. You can restrict cookies by setting your preferences in the Google Chrome Options menu. If you use Google Chrome in incognito mode, it will not transmit any pre-existing cookies to sites that you visit. Sites may deposit new cookies on your machine while you are in incognito mode, however. These cookies will be temporarily stored and transmitted to sites while you remain in incognito mode. They will be deleted when you close the browser or return to normal browsing mode.
Google Chrome records useful information about your browsing history on your own computer. This includes:
You can delete all or portions of this history at any time as explained in the FAQ.
You can also limit the information that Google Chrome saves on your computer by using incognito mode. In this mode, the browser will not store basic browsing history information such as URLs, cached page text or IP addresses of pages linked from the websites that you visit. Neither will it store snapshots of pages that you visit or keep a record of your downloads. (This information could still be stored elsewhere on your computer, though.) New cookies received in incognito mode will not be saved after you close your browser or return to normal browsing mode. You can see when you are in incognito mode because the incognito icon appears in the top corner of your browser; in some cases the border of your browser window may also change colour.
When you make changes to your browser configuration, such as by bookmarking a web page or changing your settings, this information is also saved. These changes are not affected by incognito mode.
You can choose to have Google Chrome save your passwords for specific websites. Stored passwords can be reviewed in the Personal Stuff tab of the Options dialogue box.
If you install an extension on Google Chrome, it can store data locally and send any data that it has permission to access to any third-party server that it has permission to communicate with. Therefore you should be very careful that you know and trust the developer of the extension. When you download an extension, you will be notified of the permissions that you are giving the extension. Google Chrome saves a list of all your extensions on your computer, together with the URL for updates and the category of permissions required by the extension to operate. Periodically, Google Chrome will use this information to check for updates to the extensions and to download and install updates automatically. In addition, Google Chrome will store a list of extensions known to be harmful or illegal, for use in the event that it is necessary to disable or remove an extension from your computer. Periodically, Google Chrome will download or update this list.
If you use extensions hosted by Google, your browser will send us one or more unique information numbers when you first install the extension, when Google Chrome checks for updates for the extension and when you uninstall the extension. We will use this information to track usage data about the extension on the extensions gallery and to rank the popularity of extensions. We will not use this information to identify you or associate this information with your personal information.
Information that Google receives when you use Google Chrome is processed in order to operate and improve Google Chrome and other Google services. Information that other website operators receive is subject to the privacy polices of those websites. Google Chrome stores information on your machine in order to improve the browser’s performance and provide you with features, such as the option to review snapshots from pages that you have visited.
Google adheres to the US Safe Harbour privacy principles. For more information about the US Safe Harbour framework or our registration, see the Department of Commerce's website.
Further information about Google Chrome is available here.
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