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I downloaded Chrome the second I heard it was available. It's damn fast, it looks good and it has some great new usability features that I really like. I figured why not give it a thorough test drive and make it my default browser for a day?

Sadly, it didn't quite make 24 hours. Sure it's stable (other than that one "Evil Here" bug.  feel free to click here if you're running Chrome to see what I mean.) Yeah it looks good, plenty of reclaimed screen real estate. It's extremely fast and of course works Grrrrreat with the various Google Apps.

So why did I switch back to Firefox 3 as my default browser? Because, simply put, the Chrome EULA sucks. By running Chrome, you give Google access to way more than anyone should in terms of private user data (like your bank account) and you also give them the right to [reproduce, edit, promote, etc] any content that passes through Chrome on it's way to your blog, forums, email etc...  Excuse me... What The Fuck?!?

There are those that say the Devs probably made a copy/paste error and just got ahead of the lawyers. I sure hope they are right. Until I see an amended EULA that doesn't contain this insanity, Chrome will not have a home on my laptop or any machine under my control.

Sorry Google, you screwed yourselves on this one. I'm sure someone at Microsoft is laughing over this, but I'm not.

(This post made via FireFox, btw. Thank you very much.) Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 1:32 PM General Interest | Back to top


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Oddly enough, I couldn't get it to work right with google streetview. I had to switch to firefox to use it.
Left by Avery on Sep 03, 2008 2:00 PM

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I stopped using it last night after a few blogs I go to looked like a drive by pooping on the screen. Back to FF3 for me. But I agree, that EULA == SUCKAGE.
Left by Donn Felker on Sep 03, 2008 2:30 PM

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http://lifehacker.com/5045038/google-doesnt-want-rights-to-data-you-enter-using-chrome

It was a gFuckup. We are safe to post to our blogs now.
Left by Aaron Erickson on Sep 03, 2008 6:54 PM

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Chris,

It looks like they scrambled and removed the bad part of Section 11 of their EULA. http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html

Chris Sutton
Left by Chris Sutton on Sep 03, 2008 8:27 PM

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According to BBC News Technology Google has now withdrawn the terms that give google rights. It seems that the term is part of a general EULA that gets used for all products.

see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7597699.stm
Left by Paul on Sep 04, 2008 6:22 AM

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