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Why I Uninstalled Google Chrome for a while

Like every early adopter I was eager to try out Google Chrome. So I basically clicked download and install with out reading the finer legal mumbo jumbo. Then Mike Dopp on Twitter pointed me to this blog post by Joe Levi showing the actual text of the EULA:

… By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. … You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.

Whoa. Wait, what? You mean if I type something into the browser like this blog post then Google owns it?!? Well not quite but they get to use what you write. Further research on attorney David Loschiavo’s site where he clarifies:

11.1 clearly states that you keep all your rights to everything passing through Chrome. But, Google does get permission to use anything you do pass through Chrome. The end part of 11.1 limits that permission to the scope of promotional reasons, but then 11.2 and 11.3 extend that (or “clarify,” take your pick) to mean that as long as Google or one of Google’s affiliates use your IP in connection with Chrome, they can do whatever they want.

Sorry Google. Uninstalling for now.

On the plus side, others have pointed this out and Google’s Matt Cutts has a post up saying he has spoken with the legal team at Google and they are worked to fix the EULA. As of late today, Google has updated the EULA. There is only one paragraph to section 11 now:

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.

Will I reinstall? Yes. Will it replace Firefox for me as my primary web browser? No, but it will fill a unique niche role. More on that in another post.

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  1. I’m glad you decided to reinstall!

    Comment by Matt Cutts — September 3, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  2. Howdy,

    Before you reinstall Google’s Chrome, take a look in your Task Scheduler. Even though you uninstall Chrome, it will leave executable code (googleupdatemanager.exe) installed and it is scheduled to run every time you stop doing things for ten minutes.

    You must reboot your computer and move fast in order to remove Google’s program. I don’t have time to hack the code or use a packet program to find out just what it sends back to Google.


    Comment by Chris Gunn — September 4, 2008 @ 10:42 am

  3. there are so many advantages and features with Chrome, such as it’s speed, for example; now if only they would take care it’s quirky cookie management…

    Comment by film fan — September 16, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

  4. Thank you for posting these comments. I decided not to install Chrome as soon as I saw that there was no option other than download and install. So thanks again for the comments above that support my decision. My materials will remain in my network.

    Comment by Stephen — November 12, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  5. Chrome disappointed me- I can’t use to send Yahoo mail, and a few other things are not working right.
    I am running Win XP SP3
    I did like the fast, clean startup. Firefox has almost stalled on my XP machine. I get tired of seeking a SINGLE browser to stay with!

    Comment by Rmike — January 21, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

  6. I have finally started to enjoy Chrome. Great article.

    Comment by mike dopp — December 15, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

  7. 2 years later…Chrome is all I use now.

    Comment by admin — December 16, 2010 @ 7:15 am

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