Google Chrome… Is It Eavesdropping?
You may have seen news of Google’s Chrome browser “eavesdropping” on users lately. From the Guardian:
“Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.
First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.
It was designed to support Chrome’s new “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.”
Of course, the story is a little more complicated than that. Here’s what you need to know: