Archive: Google Chrome Privacy Notice
Last modified: 29 October 2009
Information Google receives when you use Google Chrome
You do not need to provide any personally identifying information in order to download and use Google Chrome. When you download Google Chrome or use it to contact Google’s servers, Google receives only standard log information including your machine’s IP address and one or more cookies. You can configure Google Chrome not to send cookies to Google or other sites as explained here.
In addition, some Google Chrome features send limited additional information to Google:
- When you type URLs or queries in the address bar, the letters that you type are sent to Google so the Suggest feature can automatically recommend terms or URLs that you may be looking for. If you choose to share usage statistics with Google and you accept a suggested query or URL, Google Chrome will send that information to Google as well. You can disable this feature as explained here.
- 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 that you were looking for. You can disable this feature as explained here.
- Google Chrome's SafeBrowsing feature periodically contacts Google's servers to download the most recent list of known phishing and malware sites. When you visit a site that we think is be a phishing or malware site, your browser will send Google a hashed, partial copy of the site's URL so that we can send more information about the risky URL. Google cannot determine the real URL that you are visiting solely from this information. In addition, if you have chosen to share usage statistics with Google and you visit a site that we think could be a phishing or malware site, certain other data will be shared with Google, including the full URL that you visited, the "referrer" header sent to that page and the URL that matched the Google Safe Browsing malware list. You can disable the Google Safe Browsing service as described here or you can opt out of sharing usage statistics with Google as described here. More information about how this works is here.
- Your copy of Google Chrome includes one or more unique application numbers. These numbers and information about your installation of the browser (e.g. version number, language) will be sent to Google when you first install and use it and when Google Chrome automatically checks for updates. If you choose to send usage statistics and crash reports to Google, the browser will send us this information along with a unique application number as well. Crash reports can contain information from files, applications and services that were running at the time of a malfunction. We use crash reports to diagnose and try to fix any problems with the browser.
- You may choose Google as your search engine using Google Chrome, and you may also use Google Chrome to access other Google services such as Gmail. The Privacy Policies of Gmail or other services apply when you access them, no matter which browser you use. Using Google Chrome to connect to Google services will not cause Google to receive any special or additional personally identifying information about you.
Information that 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 cookies on your machine. You can restrict cookies by setting your preferences in the Google Chrome Options menu. 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 be temporarily stored and transmitted to sites while you remain in incognito mode. They will be deleted when you close the browser or return to normal browsing mode.
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 from those pages and a list of some IP addresses linked from pages that you visit.
- A searchable index of most pages that you visit (except for secure pages with "https" web addresses, such as some bank pages)
- Thumbnail-sized screenshots of most pages that you visit
- Cookies deposited on your machine by websites that you visit
- A record of downloads that 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 that 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 that you visit. Neither will it store snapshots of pages that you visit or keep a record of your downloads. (This information could still be stored elsewhere on your computer, though.) New cookies received in incognito mode will not be saved after you close your browser or return to normal browsing mode. You can see when you are in incognito mode because the incognito icon appears in the top left corner of your browser; in some cases the border of your browser window may also change colour.
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 Minor Tweaks tab of the Options dialogue box.
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 polices of those websites. Google Chrome stores information on your machine in order to improve the browser’s performance and provide you with features, such as the option to review snapshots from pages that you have visited.
Google adheres to the US Safe Harbour privacy principles. For more information about the US Safe Harbour framework or our registration, see the Department of Commerce's website.
Further information about Google Chrome is available here.
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