Google Chrome: What’s the motive?


This is a follow-up to the earlier Google Chrome article. Now that Google Chrome has been officially launched and people have just started getting accustomed to Google’s new Browser. But one still wonders why the foray into the browser world when it had such a successful partnership with Mozilla Firefox.

Maybe it wants to create a space for itself in the online space and wanted to redefine how people access online content. Is it that simple? If you are naive, then yes it’s that simple but in the corporate world nowadays, it’s not that simple anymore. It seems that Google is out to grab every piece of online data source that’s available and index it. So, if you just wanted to promote more searches wouldn’t you just promote people to use the Google Search Toolbar that comes along with an add-on for most popular browsers like IE, Firefox. So, if Google is not trying to create a monopoly in the online world nor is it trying to rake in everyone’s money (the general perception that the evil big Redmond based MS Corp had or probably argued in some circles to still have), what is it trying to do. The latest gossip, rumor or whatever you want to call it, is that Google is trying to capture the online data space and becoming a pseudo Big Brother. Not that it doesn’t have the resources to do so. What’s more alarming is that if that’s the agenda, then you have a Global Big Brother who can dig up your dirty online secrets and also potentially confidential information which you don’t want ever shared.

From a CNet.com article, Chrome’s End User License agreement appeared to give Google a perpetual right to use anything one entered into the browser. Section 11 stated that although users retain copyright to their works, "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."

Google has released a statement saying that it’s working to modify the Terms of Section 11 very soon. Well, isn’t that a bit alarming considering that a quite a substantial amount of people transact online.

So, is Google Chrome an indiscreet way of capturing a users Internet habits and storing browsing information?? May be we are reading too much between the lines. Maybe we are not. Still wondering how a data interceptor is better than a so-called evil corp!!!

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Posted on January 25, 2009, in Computers and Internet. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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