Google Chrome users have been warned to delete their browser as soon as possible due to the collection of highly sensitive data.
This warning comes at a time when Facebook has been accused of collecting people’s private data using accelerometer data as a means of pinpointing locations and quietly tracking users.
According to the report Forbsa, “Facebook is not the most successful data collector in the world – that award goes to Google.”
“While Facebook has collected this information for itself, Chrome is happy to collect it for others – essentially providing everyone with extremely sensitive information about your every activity, your behavior, for free,” said Zack Dofman, a cybersecurity officer at Forbes magazine.
Forbes quotes researcher Tommy Misk as warning that “the motion sensor is available by default on all Android / Chrome websites, [dok] Safari / iOS protects access with a license. ” What’s much worse, however, is that Chrome does this even when it’s set to private browsing or “incognito” mode.
“The way Android handles the accelerometer is much worse [od Facebooka]Said Misk. “Applications can even read it in the background. My team implemented a pedometer function in our application. The application counted the steps even if it was not launched at all. “
Apple disables access to the motion sensor by default, and access to that data is only possible with a time-limited permission. But Google not only allows access, but also tells users that this is a “recommended” setting that should remain enabled, Dofman says.
Responding to the researchers’ claims, Google said that they are deliberately limiting the resolution of motion sensors in Chrome, and that from 2019 they have controls that allow users to prevent websites from fully accessing the motion sensors of the device.
“We take the security and privacy of our users seriously and are always working on new ways to improve security and privacy in Chrome.”
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