Google Chrome scans personal data. An anti-virus device built into one of the most popular Internet browsers in the world discreetly examines computer files. This applies to computers running the operating system Windows. The device views all information, including personal documents.
Google Chrome scans personal data?
The fact of unauthorized scanning of files was revealed by a cybersecurity specialist – Kelly Shortridge, writes the Motherboard portal. The scandal began thanks to a tweet in which she drew attention to the sudden activity of the program. The browser went through each file, not disregarding the Documents folder. Outraged by such interference in privacy, Shortridge has officially announced its rejection of the services of Google Chrome. This initiative pleased many users, including Russian ones.
The browser went through every file on Kelly's computer, not ignoring the Documents folder
The data is scanned by the Chrome Cleanup Tool , created with the help of ESET antivirus company. It was built into the browser in 2017 with the aim of making surfing the web more secure. The program was originally designed to track down malicious programs that could negatively affect browser performance. If a virus is detected, Chrome provides the user with an opportunity to remove it and send information about the incident to Google.
The data is scanned by the Chrome Cleanup Tool
However, Shortridge does not focus on the features of the antivirus function. The main problem is the lack of transparency around this tool. The specialist believes that Google has not made sufficient efforts to inform users about the innovation. Recall that the company mentioned this innovation in its blog. However, the fact that when scanning files does not receive the corresponding notification for permission, the cybersecurity specialist is outraged.
The corporation made an attempt to dispel user doubts. According to the head of the information security department, Justin Shue, the device is activated once a week and is limited by a protocol based on standard user privileges. The utility built into the browser is equipped with only one function – search for malicious software on the computer and does not aim to steal personal data.