I have AVG Internet Security installed, and I don't give blanket internet permission to anything new, I let the firewall ask me for a while so I can get a feel for what is going on. Ever since installed Chrome, I have periodically gotten a request from the "Google Installer" to connect to some IP address, even when I don't have Chrome running! Why in the world is it running something like that in the background all the time, independent of Chrome, what is it trying to do, and how do I stop it?
As I was writing the above, I realized that I was really not at all comfortable with what Chrome (or Google itself) was doing on my laptop, so I uninstalled it. As is typical when removing something from Google, it popped up a browser window asking for feedback about why I was doing such a thing. I told them, and pressed send. It replied that they would investigate, and they would contact me if they needed more information. Perhaps it was a poor choice of words, or perhaps I am just being paranoid... but there was nothing on that page which told them who I am or how to contact me, so how are they going to manage that feat? Have they already picked up more details about me than I ever wanted them to have? I'm even less pleased now than I was before...
In any case, I will leave it to braver souls than I to continue testing and reporting on Chrome.
And there's more:
... by posting anything (via Chrome) to your blog(s), any forum, video site, myspace, itunes, or any other site that might happen to be supporting you, Google can use your work without paying you a dime. They can go and edit it all they want. Even further, you're claiming that you have the power to grant these rights. So no one who works for Conde Nast (Wired, Arstechnica), TechCrunch, Gawker, any of the other big web publishers, or a university where the employee is performing research can agree to the Chrome ToS because they most likely don't have the right to give a license to the IP (intellectual property) they produce. [My emphasis]
There are some people who have claimed that this is standard legal jargon for every piece of software. Not only is that simply not true, no clause even close to that is in the Firefox terms of service.
And unlike all these people who "are not a lawyer", I am a lawyer. I am not your lawyer, and this post does not constitute an attorney-client relationship, but Chrome's ToS are ridiculous. If you're like me, you use your browser for a lot more than just web browsing. The web browser is an entire application platform (isn't that the idea behind web apps?). Google simply cannot have a license to all of the IP that goes through my browser. I, as an attorney, cannot give that up, especially because some of it is confidential. The Rules of Professional Responsiblity (which all lawyers must abide by) easily prohibit this exact kind of thing. Until Google scales this back, I will NOT be using Chrome.
With more and more apps being shifted into web browsers, this is almost like MS claiming that it gets a license to any document in MS Word, Powerpoint, or Excel. [My emphasis] ... We have to stand up and stop accepting these ridiculous EULAs.
The worst part is the software guys over at Google saying that it's no big deal. Well, if it's no big deal, and they're not going to enforce it, then why is it in this contract? Take it out, and don't put it back in. "Do no evil," remember?
What the fuck is wrong with these fucking corporates?
Actually, I know what it is. It's fucking lawyers.
(Scott Adams is an omnipresent, omniscient genius)