A number of reports have highlighted that Chrome 69 - the one that made your tabs all curvy - is automatically logging people in as soon as they hit a Google-owned site. In other words, if you use Google, Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs, Google Maps and are logged in, then Chrome will also follow suit.
That may sound convenient, but people are up in arms, as it theoretically makes it easier for Google to match Chrome browsing data to a specific user.
Google denies this is the intent and actually claims that rather than a sneaky privacy breach, this is actually designed for extra security. Although this sounds like a 'black is white' kind of justification, it does actually make a little sense. As Google Chrome engineer Adrienne Porter Felt explained on Twitter, the idea was to prevent data link between people with shared computers. This, she says, is "extremely common".
She added that this also doesn't mean that Google is automatically uploading browsing history across your account. Syncing data is an additional step that requires opt-in.
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. https://t.co/t2pPjiqkVe 5/— Adrienne Porter Felt (@__apf__) September 24, 2018
Still, at the very least, you could say this has been poorly handled. Logging people in without their consent is one thing, but not telling them it's being done is worse.
We should be shocked, but...
But the search giant has now squashed the bug
But it's not yet available here in Blighty