I like new software, ask and I like Google. Generally speaking, that is.
Has Google gone off its rocker with Chrome? Does Google’s Motto “Do No Evil” not mean the same thing to them as it does to me?
“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. “
(I first read about this story here, on Gizmodo.com.)
Let’s consider the implications of that:
- Any content I submit to my blog using Chrome gives Google a perpetual, irrevocable license to publish, publicly display, or distribute any way they want.
- And e-mails I sent using Chrome gives Google the same license to share my private information with anybody they want however they want.
- When I access my banking information, Google has the right to reproduce my balance and transaction information, and publish that information publicly.
- I help people build websites on the side. Any content I create for my clients and upload or view through Chrome gives Google the right to modify, reproduce, adapt, and publish wherever and however they want.
- I work for a company that produces Web-based software. If I view our proprietary information with Chrome, Google has the right to harness that information and use it wherever or however they want.
- If my employer uses Chrome to administer confidential employee data, Google can intercept, store, publish, store, and broadcast that information.
11. Content license from you11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. 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. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.
11.2 You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.
11.3 You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.
11.4 You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.
So their license allows them to do it in order to “display, distribute, or promote the Service.” That’s pretty vague, and I imagine it could be argued that a lot of what Google does falls into that category.
Um, thanks, but NO THANKS.
Off to uninstall Chrome until this has been resolved.