Google Chrome Privacy Notice
Archive: December 13, 2011
describes how we treat personal information when you use Google's products and
services, including information provided when you use Google Chrome. In addition, the
following describes our privacy practices that are specific to Google Chrome browser.
It also describes Google Chrome features that are available in other web browsers
through Chrome Frame. Not all of the
features in the Google Chrome browser are also available in Chrome Frame, but to keep
things simple we’re going to use the term Chrome to mean both Chrome browser and Chrome
for the browser in which it is running (e.g. Internet Explorer). Google will notify you
of any material changes to this policy, and you will always have the option to use
Google Chrome in a way that does not send any personal information to Google or to
discontinue using it.
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Information Google receives when you use Google Chrome
You do not need to provide any personally identifying information in order to use
When you download Chrome browser or Chrome Frame, or when you use them to contact
Google’s servers, Google receives standard log
information including your machine’s IP address and one or more cookies. You can
configure Google Chrome to not send cookies to
Google or other sites. Learn more about configuring cookies and site
data in Google Chrome browser.
In addition, some Google Chrome features may send limited additional information to
Google or your default
- If you use the Multiple Users feature of Chrome browser, you can set up
personalized copies of Chrome for multiple users who are already sharing Chrome on the
same computer today. It isn’t intended to secure your data against other people using
your computer - so any user with access to your computer can view all the information
in all profiles. To truly protect your data from being seen by others, please use the
built-in user accounts in your operating system of choice.
- When you type URLs or queries in the address bar, the letters you type are sent to
your default search
engine, so that the search engine’s autocomplete / prediction feature can
automatically recommend terms or URLs you may be looking for. If you choose Google as
your search engine, Chrome will contact Google when it starts so as to determine the
best local address to send search queries. If you choose to share usage statistics with
Google and you accept a predicted query or URL, Chrome will send that information from
the browser to Google as well. Learn more about disabling the Chrome
- If you enable Chrome’s Instant feature and it is supported by your default search
engine, search results and in-line predictions appear instantly as you type in the
address bar. Search results are requested as you type in the address bar, so the text
you type may be logged as search terms. For some helpful examples of Google’s logging
policies for Chrome Instant, see our “Logging Policies for
Chrome Instant” help center article.
- If you navigate to a URL that does not exist, Google Chrome may send the URL to
Google so we can help you find the URL you were looking for. We may also use this
information in an aggregated way to help other web users - e.g. to let them know that
the site may be down. Learn more about disabling suggestions on navigation
- Google Chrome includes Google's Safe Browsing feature. Safe Browsing sends and
receives information between Chrome and Google's servers about suspicious websites -
for example when you visit a site that we think is a phishing or malware site. For more
information about Safe Browsing, including details of what information is sent when and
how to disable the feature, please visit the SafeBrowsing Privacy
- Google Chrome automatically checks for updates by contacting Google. Your copy of
Google Chrome includes a temporary randomly-generated installation number which will be
sent to Google when you install and first use Google Chrome. The temporary number will
be promptly deleted the first time that Google Chrome automatically checks for updates.
If you received your copy of Google Chrome as part of a promotional campaign it may
generate a unique promotion number which is sent to Google only when you first run and
first use Google Chrome after installation.
- In the event that you use Google Chrome to access other Google services, such as
setting Google as your default search engine in Google Chrome, or using Google Chrome
to access Gmail, this will not cause Google to receive any special or additional
personally identifying information about you. The Privacy Policies of the relevant Google
services apply when you access them, no matter which browser you use.
- If you sign into Google Chrome, Google will store your browser information, such as
bookmarks, history and other settings on Google's servers in association with your
this information in order to send it to other instances of Chrome in which you choose
to enable Google Chrome's synchronization feature. Learn more about the specific information you may
select to synchronize, and more about disabling Chrome’s synchronization
- If you use the Translate feature of Google Chrome, it will send the text you choose
to be translated to Google for translation.
- If you use the Google Spellcheck feature of Google Chrome, which lets you use the
same technology used in Google search to check your spelling, it will send the text you
type to Google for spelling and grammar suggestions.
- If you use the speech input feature of Google Chrome, it will send to Google an
audio recording of your spoken query, your default browser language and the grammar
settings of the web page for which you are using speech input. Google will use this
information to convert the recorded audio into text. If you have enabled usage
statistics and crash reports and you use the speech input feature, additional
information will be sent to Google. This information includes the URL of the website
using speech input, your operating system, and the manufacturer and model of both the
computer and the audio hardware you are using.
- If you use Google Chrome’s AutoFill feature, which automatically completes web
forms for you based on similar forms you have filled out before, Google Chrome will
send Google limited information about the pages that have web forms, including a hashed
representation of the host part of the URL of the page and the form's structure, so
that we can improve our AutoFill service for this web form. While the information
Google Chrome sends may include the fact that you typed in the form, the actual text
that you type in the fields will not be sent to Google unless you choose to save that
data with your account using Google Chrome’s synchronization feature.
- If you use Google Chrome’s location feature, which allows you to share your
location with a web site, Google Chrome will send local network information to Google
Location Services to get an estimated location. Learn more about Google Location Services
and enabling / disabling location features within Google Chrome. The local network
information includes, depending on the capabilities of your device, 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 Google 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.
- If you attempt to connect to a Google website using a secure connection, and the
browser blocks the connection due to information that indicates you are being actively
attacked by someone on the network (a “man in the middle attack”), Google Chrome may
send information about that connection to Google for the purpose of helping to
determine the extent of the attack and how the attack functions.
- You may choose to send usage statistics and crash
reports to Google. The usage statistics and crash reports help us diagnose problems
with the browser, help us understand how users interact with the browser, and help us
improve its performance. Google Chrome tries to avoid sending information that
identifies you personally. Crash reports, however, can contain information from files,
applications and services that were running at the time of a malfunction. This setting
will apply to all users for a given installation of Chrome. We may share with third
parties certain aggregated, non-personal information we derive from our analysis, such
as how frequently certain types of crashes occur.
Information website operators receive when you visit a site using Google Chrome
Sites that you visit using Google Chrome will automatically receive standard log
information similar to that received by Google. These sites may also set their own
or store site data on your machine. You can restrict cookies and other site data by
setting your preferences in the Google Chrome Options menu. If you enable Chrome’s
network actions prediction feature and you visit a webpage, Google Chrome may look up
the IP addresses of all links on the webpage and open network connections to load
webpages faster. Sites can also use pre-rendering technology to
pre-load the links that you might click next.
If you use Google Chrome in incognito mode, it will not transmit any pre-existing
cookies to sites that you visit. Sites may deposit new cookies on your machine while
you are in incognito mode, however. These cookies will only be temporarily stored and
transmitted to sites while you remain in incognito mode. They will be deleted when you
close the browser or close all open incognito windows.
If you choose to use Google Chrome’s location feature, this service allows you to share
your location with a site. We will not allow a site to access your location without
your permission. If the site is a non-Google website, we do not have control over the
website or its privacy practices. Please carefully consider any website’s privacy
practices before consenting to share your location with that website.
Information stored on your computer when you use Google Chrome
Google Chrome records useful information about your browsing history on your own
computer. This includes:
- Basic browsing history information: the URLs of pages that you visit, a cache file
of text and images from those pages, and a list of some IP addresses linked from pages that you
- A searchable index of most pages you visit (except for secure pages with "https"
web addresses, such as some bank pages)
- Thumbnail-sized screenshots of most pages you visit
or web storage data deposited on your machine by websites you visit
- A record of downloads you have made from websites
You can delete all or portions of this history at any time as explained in the FAQ.
You can also limit the information Google Chrome saves on your computer by using
incognito mode. In
this mode, the browser will not store basic browsing history information such as URLs,
cached page text, or IP addresses of pages linked from the websites you visit. It will
also not store snapshots of pages that you visit or keep a record of your downloads
(though this information could still be stored elsewhere on your computer, e.g. in a
list of recently opened files). New cookies received in incognito mode will not be
saved after you close your browser or close all open incognito windows. You can see
when you are in incognito mode because the incognito icon appears in the top corner of
your browser; in some cases the border of your browser window may also change color.
When you make changes to your browser configuration, such as by bookmarking a web page
or changing your settings, this information is also saved. These changes are not
affected by incognito mode.
You can choose to have Google Chrome save your passwords for specific websites. Stored
passwords can be reviewed in the Personal Stuff
tab of the Options dialog box.
Information relating to using applications, extensions and plugins on Google Chrome
If you install an application or extension—together referred to as an "addon"—on Google
Chrome, the addon can store data locally and send any data it has permission to access
to any third party server that it has permission to communicate with. Therefore you
should be certain that you know and trust the developer of the addon. When you download
an addon, you will be notified of the permissions that you are giving the addon. Google
Chrome saves a list of all your addons on your computer, together with the URL for
updates and the category of permissions required by the addon to operate. Periodically,
Google Chrome will use this information to check for updates to the addons and to
download and install updates automatically. In addition, Google Chrome will store a
list of addons known to be harmful or illegal, for use in the event that it is
necessary to disable or remove an addon from your computer. Periodically, Google Chrome
will download or update this list.
If you use addons installed from the Chrome Web Store, your browser will send Google
one or more usage indicators when you first install an addon, when Google Chrome checks
for updates for the addon, and when you uninstall the addon. The usage indicators
include whether you have used the addon and an indication of the number of days passed
since the last such report was performed. We will use this information to track usage
data about the addon and to rank the popularity of addons. We will not use this
information to identify you or associate this information with your personal
information. We may publicize aggregate usage data and popularity rankings, including
on the Chrome Web Store.
If you install a plug-in on Google Chrome, any data processed by the plug-in will be
handled in accordance with the policies of the developer of the plug-in. Google Chrome
comes bundled with a version of the popular Adobe Flash Player plug-in. You can consult
Adobe’s website at www.adobe.com for more
information on Adobe’s privacy practices with regard to Flash Player. Learn more about
disabling Flash Player or
any other plug-ins.
Information that Google
receives when you use Google Chrome is processed in order to operate and improve
Google Chrome and other Google services. Information that other website operators receive
is subject to the privacy policies of those websites. Google Chrome stores information
on your machine in order to improve the browser’s performance and provide you with
features, such the option to review snapshots from pages you have visited.
Google adheres to the US Safe Harbor privacy principles. For more information about the
Safe Harbor framework or our registration, see the Department of Commerce's web site.
Further information about Google Chrome is available here.
you have additional questions, please contact
us any time. Or write to us at:
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