From a Chrome developer:a) what's Google interest in making it? 96 percent of their income comes from advertising that relies on tracked data.
People never seem to understand why Google builds Chrome no matter how many times I try to pound it into their heads. It's very simple: the primary goal of Chrome is to make the web advance as much and as quickly as possible. That's it.
Security is not the same thing as privacy.b) Why does Firefox actively advertise itself as being more secure than Chrome?
They can remove all they wish but all Chrome records are unique (and destroyed) identifiers. Unless you've got proof that they mine user data that is identifiable, you haven't got much to go on. Secondly, SRWare Iron is a terrible example. By their own admission, they pick on two things: " [Chrome] creating a unique user ID or the submission of entries to Google to generate suggestions." The unique user ID - absolutely that's made but it's not identifiable and done to track installs. Is that bad? It's a little invasive but hardly worthy of your attempt to sensationalize what's happening. Second, the submission of entries for search suggestions? That's hardly unique since every browser does it.c) Why are there several variations of the Chrome browser that say they specifically remove/disable the tracking components (example: SRware Iron)?
No, I rely on evidence that user identifiable data is mined and since that hasn't come out (this would be huge news), it's hard to believe.It appears to me that the only evidence you'd accept is an admission from Google that they do this.
...what?Have you served on any grand juries lately by chance?
Absolutely this is the case but this isn't really Google's fault; you can't blame Google for web developers who want to track their own users. In some respects, this is would be like blaming Apple if someone used "Find my Mac" to figure out where you lived.If you don't really think google tracks, get Ghostery and turn it on, pretty much every website has google trackers embedded.
I don't, for a second, suggest that I'm naive to Google's data collection. I am very well aware that the business model the company is built on is premised on user data collection. However, I think it is unfair to assume that everything that they do involves collecting personal data especially, as per the example of Chrome, there is little evidence to suggest that's the case.But "Find My Mac" is not a data mining tool. If someone used it to figure out where I live, it would take some intervention and network penetration to get that data. On the other hand, pretty much everything Google makes is designed to report back to the mothership on how, where and when it's being used. And for that I do blame Google, they designed it that way.
Or, more jarring:We also use personal information to help us create, develop, operate, deliver, and improve our products, services, content and advertising, and for loss prevention and anti-fraud purposes [...] We may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve Apple’s products, services, and customer communications.
Without question, Apple admits to using data about myself for their own business gains. Sure, this is different than Google which might be more likely to disseminate my information but the end consequence is the same - a business is using information about my uses of their products (also of note - Apple uses data about me for advertising purposes).Apple shares personal information with companies who provide services such as information processing, extending credit, fulfilling customer orders, delivering products to you, managing and enhancing customer data, providing customer service, assessing your interest in our products and services, and conducting customer research or satisfaction surveys.