ergophobe - 4:02 am on Aug 24, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: ergophobe at 4:14 am (utc) on Aug 24, 2012]
Robert Charlton - it depends on whether or not you believe Google reps like Cutts. If you do...
Matt's comments from September 2, 2008.
Preventing paranoia: when does Google Chrome talk to Google.com?
Some interesting excerpts....
by default Google receives standard log information including your system’s IP address and one or more cookies.
If you use Chrome to access other Google services, such as using the search engine on the Google homepage or checking Gmail, the fact that you are using Chrome does not cause Google to receive any special or additional personally identifying information about you.
If you navigate to a URL that does not exist, Chrome may send the URL
If you use Chrome’s location feature... Chrome will send local network information to Google Location Services to get an estimated location... The local network information may include... information about the wifi routers closest to you, cell IDs of the cell towers closest to you, the strength of your wifi or cell signal, and the IP address that is currently assigned to your device. We use the information to process the location request and to operate, support, and improve the overall quality of Chrome and Google Location Services. The collected information described above will be anonymized and aggregated before being used by Google to develop new features or products and services, or to improve the overall quality of any of Google’s other products and services.
(I read that one to mean "we can do anything we want with that info, but it will be anonymized").
Information that Google receives when you use Chrome is processed in order to operate and improve Chrome and other Google services.
I'm going to assume that one has be honest, because
1. it's very easy to check what the browser is sending to Google.
2. the legal liability there is substantial if they lie.
What Lifehacker has to say
What data does Chrome send to Google about Me
[edited by: ergophobe at 4:14 am (utc) on Aug 24, 2012]