Archive: 20 March 2012
Not all of the features discussed in this Privacy Notice appear in all Chrome products. To keep things simple, however, we’re going to use the term “Chrome” on its own to refer to each of the products within the Chrome family - including Chrome browser (as it operates on all computing devices and operating systems), Chrome Frame and Chrome OS (as it operates on all hardware platforms). Where an individual Chrome product works in a different way we’ll be sure to highlight that.
Google will notify you of any material changes to this policy, and you will always have the option to use Chrome in a way that does not send any personally identifiable information to Google or to remove your information and discontinue using it.
For step-by-step guides to help manage your privacy preferences, read our guide to Browsers, Google Chrome, Privacy and You
You do not need to provide any personally identifiable information in order to use Chrome.
When you use any browser, including Chrome, to contact Google’s servers, by default Google receives standard log information including your system’s IP address and one or more cookies. You can configure Chrome browser and Chrome OS to not accept cookies from Google or other sites. Learn more about configuring cookies and site data in Chrome browser and Chrome OS.
If you use Chrome to access other Google services, such as using the search engine on the Google home page or checking Gmail, the fact that you are using Chrome does not cause Google to receive any special or additional personally identifiable information about you.
In addition, some Chrome features may send limited additional information to Google or your default search engine:
Google Chrome and certain third-party browsers (including some versions of Mozilla’s Firefox and Apple’s Safari) include Google's Safe Browsing feature. Safe Browsing sends and receives information between the browser you are using and Google's servers about suspicious websites - for example when you visit a site that is suspected to be a phishing or malware site.
Your browser will contact Google’s servers periodically to download the most recent “Safe Browsing” list, containing known phishing and malware sites. Google does not collect any account information or other personally identifying information as part of this contact, but it does receive standard log information, including an IP address and one or more cookies. The most recent copy of the list is stored locally on your system.
Each site you visit will be checked against the Safe Browsing list on your system. If there is a match against the list, your browser will send Google a hashed, partial copy of the site’s URL so that Google can send more information to your browser. Google cannot determine the real URL from this information. Read more information about how this works.
In addition, the following Safe Browsing features are specific to Chrome:
Sites that you visit using Chrome will automatically receive standard log information similar to that received by Google. These sites may also set their own cookies or store site data on your system. You can restrict cookies and other site data in Chrome's preferences page.
If you enable Chrome’s network actions prediction feature and you visit a web page, Chrome may look up the IP addresses of all links on the web page and open network connections to load web pages faster. Sites can also use prerendering technology to preload the links that you might click next.
If you use Chrome in Incognito mode (or in guest mode on Chrome OS), it will not transmit any pre-existing cookies to sites that you visit. Sites may deposit new cookies on your system while you are in these modes; these cookies will only be temporarily stored and transmitted to sites while you remain in Incognito/guest mode. They will be deleted when you close the browser, close all open Incognito windows or exit guest mode.
If you choose to use Chrome’s location feature, this service allows you to share your location with a site. Chrome will not allow a site to access your location without your permission. Google does not have control over third-party websites or their privacy practices. Please carefully consider any website’s privacy practices before consenting to share your location with that website.
Chrome stores some information locally on your system. This may include:
You can always choose to delete your browsing history information, in whole or in part.
You can also limit the information Chrome stores on your system by using Incognito mode (or guest mode on Chrome OS). In these modes, Chrome 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. It will also not store snapshots of pages that you visit or keep a record of your downloads (although this information could still be stored elsewhere on your system, e.g. in a list of recently opened files). New cookies received in these modes will not be saved after you close your browser, close all open Incognito windows or exit guest mode. You can see when you are in Incognito/guest 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/guest mode.
You can choose to have Chrome save your passwords for specific websites. Stored passwords can be reviewed in the Personal Stuff tab of the Chrome preferences page.
You can install applications and extensions on Chrome, for example by visiting the Chrome Web Store. Chrome may also come bundled with certain applications and extensions.
These applications and extensions can store and access locally stored data and may share that data with the developer of the application/extension or with other third parties. The description on the Chrome Web Store includes a section explaining the access and sharing permissions that the application/extension requires. You should make sure you are comfortable with the permissions being requested by the developer. If not then you should not install (or uninstall if it’s already installed) the application or extension.
Chrome saves a list of all your applications and extensions on your system, together with the URL for updates and the category of permissions required by the application/extension to operate. Periodically, Chrome will use this information to check for updates, which may be automatically downloaded and installed. In addition, Chrome will store a list of applications and extensions known to be harmful or illegal, for use in the event that it is necessary to disable or remove an application or extension from your system. Periodically, Chrome will automatically download or update this list.
If you use applications or extensions pre-installed on Chrome or installed from the Chrome Web Store, Chrome will send Google one or more usage indicators when you first install an application or extension, when Chrome checks for updates and when you uninstall the application or extension. The usage indicators include whether you have used the application or extension and an indication of the number of days that have passed since the last such report was performed. We will use this information to track usage data about the application or extension and to rank its popularity. We will not use this information to identify you or associate this information with your personal information. We may publicise aggregate usage data and popularity rankings, including on the Chrome Web Store.
Applications may send notifications if you allow them to. The notification text is sent over a secure channel from the developer to Google, and then from Google to you. The Google servers handle the notifications as plain text.
Information that Google receives when you use 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 policies of those websites. Chrome stores information on your system in order to improve Chrome’s performance and to provide you with useful features and services.
Google adheres to the US Safe Harbour privacy principles. For more information about the Safe Harbour framework or our registration, see the Department of Commerce's website.
Further information about Chrome is available here.
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