Chrome for Windows without eavesdropping. Microsoft removes essential Google oversight

Browsers built on the basis of Chromium can view what we write, even in the maximum privacy mode. Interestingly, not for Google and Microsoft. Soon it will stop being a problem.

Chromium is an open source web browser whose components are the Blink rendering engine and the V8 mechanism for JavaScript. It is on its basis that browsers such as Google Chrome, Opera, Edge (future version) and Brave are built. Chromium is developed by all willing programmers, though the whole is supervised and moderated by Google employees.

Microsoft has recently been great at the development of Chromium, which should not surprise anyone: the future version of his browser will no longer be based on the original foundation of Spartan , and just about Chromium. This means that only Google or Opera will not benefit from the Microsoft patches, but also - and most of all - Microsoft itself. And the last one reported by the Redmond company has a lot in common with privacy protection before ... itself.

Chrome and other browsers allow Microsoft to collect data about the text. It will change.

Windows 10 offers its users an optional SwiftKey service, thanks to which all our devices remember how we write on the keyboard. It is off by default, but when it is turned on, almost all of the characters we enter on the keyboard - physical or on-screen - land on Microsoft's servers for analysis. This function can be turned on or off by going into the System Settings , then Privacy and the Personalization and Typing section .

Thanks to this feature all custom words added to the dictionary are with us on any of our devices, and the prediction function of the typed text works even more accurately. However, it may raise concerns about the protection of our privacy - this is probably why the default is not active.

Developers of external applications may also block its operation inside their programs. So to make Windows 10 does not collect data about the text entry box in the application, even if it is systemically active. Google never decided to add such an exception to Chrome and Chromium, so now Microsoft will do it for him.

Private data in incognito mode for browsers using Chromium.

If Google moderators accept Microsoft's amendment - or rather, have no reason to reject it - browsers using Chromium will stop forwarding information about typed text to Windows 10 if they are in incognito mode or in guest mode. Even if the function itself remains on in the system itself.

Implementation of such a block is relatively simple and comes down to the IS_PRIVATE parameter (here the documentation for insightful coders) in the appropriate context to the browser's code.

We do not know yet from which version of Chromium it will work - from a formal point of view it's just a change proposal, not a feature already tested for the future version of the browser. I would expect, however, relatively quick implementation, because it is in the interest of all concerned. Similarly to most recent patches from Microsoft.

Chrome for Windows without eavesdropping. Microsoft removes essential Google oversight


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