A Small Google Chrome Change Stirs a Big Privacy Controversy

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Though Chrome launched in 2008 as a scrappy upstart, it has for years been the dominant web browser, with over 60 percent market share on both desktop and mobile. So when Chrome adjusts its features or policies, it impacts a huge chunk of people worldwide. And a recent change to how Chrome treats logins has shown how poorly those alterations can go over.

Even if you don’t know much about the intricacies of Chrome’s settings, you probably know that you can log into Chrome with your Google account—to sync your browsing history and other useful data across devices—or you can use it without logging in. That choice has always been a Chrome hallmark, emblematic of the balance between Google’s


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