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Wherein Internet Activism Nets Immediate Action

Google released its new browser, Chrome  , on Tuesday.   It’s fairly speedy and has a much smaller memory imprint than other browsers. The problem is that its EULA provided Google the right to  

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.  By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.  This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.
  

Bloggers were rightly up in arms over this as it provided Google the right to anything you typed in and transmitted through the browser including blog posts, manuscripts, etc.   Google responded nearly immediately and acknowledged that this was overbroad and changed the EULA to state the following:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.

The Ars Technica article points to another blogger’s catch that if you keep the autosuggest feature on Google will harvest that information along with your IP address.   Google provides great products, like Apple, but it could definitely have better privacy policies for its users.   Having said that, I am using Google Chrome right now and I like it alot.

Via Ars Technica  .

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

4 Comments

  1. Randi
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 09:46:57

    MySpace has or had something similar to that. There was a big uproar a year or two ago, but then someone else figured out that no matter WHAT MySpace said, they couldn’t actually own anything. gah, I forget the whole argument. But it reminded me of this Google issue.

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  2. Anne Douglas
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 11:00:00

    But alas, it’s only in WINDOWS beta. I was going to give this a look see yesterday, but I have a mac. le sigh.

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  3. Mora
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 12:11:21

    I tried it out for a while this morning. I do like it, but the inability to block ads is a deal-breaker. I’ll stick with Firefox and Adblock Plus.

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  4. Throwmearope
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 14:27:18

    What Mora said.

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