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Adrienne Porter Felt
Hi all, I want to share more info about recent changes to Chrome sign-in. Chrome desktop now tells you that you're "signed in" whenever you're signed in to a Google website. This does NOT mean that Chrome is automatically sending your browsing history to your Google account! 1/
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Adrienne Porter Felt 23 Sep 18
Replying to @__apf__
In the new version of Chrome: when you sign in or out of a Google website, Chrome UI shows your sign-in status in the top right corner. 2/
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Adrienne Porter Felt 23 Sep 18
Replying to @__apf__
My teammates made this change to prevent surprises in a shared device scenario. In the past, people would sometimes sign out of the content area and think that meant they were no longer signed into Chrome, which could cause problems on a shared device. 3/
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Adrienne Porter Felt 23 Sep 18
Replying to @__apf__
The new UI clearly reminds you whenever you're logged in to a Google account. Plus, you now only need to sign out in one place before you share your computer with someone else. 4/
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Adrienne Porter Felt 23 Sep 18
Replying to @__apf__
If you want to turn on Sync, it's an additional step after you're signed in. Sync uploads your browsing history to Google so you can access it across devices. Sign-in by itself does NOT do that. 5/
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Adrienne Porter Felt 23 Sep 18
Replying to @__apf__
To reiterate, signing in does NOT turn on Chrome Sync. The Chrome Help Center and Chrome White Paper have up-to-date details about this change. My colleagues are updating the Chrome privacy notice ASAP to make this more clear 6/6
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Adrienne Porter Felt 24 Sep 18
Replying to @__apf__
FYI the chrome privacy notice has now been updated
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Joseph Lorenzo Hall, PhD 24 Sep 18
Replying to @__apf__
I'm starting to realize I want more obvious indications of logged-in state like this. I tend to not be persistently logged-in to much on desktop Chrome, but I'm weird. I.e., if third-party trackers that one is logged-in to as a first-party were displayed in browser chrome...
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Katie Moussouris 24 Sep 18
Replying to @JoeBeOne @__apf__
Background color change that's customizable? For me, that would help me know which account is which. White = special reserved for not logged in. Pink = personal Green = business Blue = throwaway for registrations I care about Red = throwaway for registrations I don't care about
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Shitesh Arihunta 24 Sep 18
Replying to @__apf__
I don’t get, though — if you’re signed in to the browser but sync is off, then what does it mean to be signed in to the browser? What does it do besides sync?
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Adrienne Porter Felt 24 Sep 18
Replying to @arihunta
Not much, you can think of it like a Gmail login state indicator.
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