Use Chrome, Sell your soul to Google.

By at 3 September, 2008, 11:43 am

Do.No.Evil. – That is the Google mantra that we are all familiar with. In my post yesterday, I pointed out opinions that Google was in fact turning in on its partners with this move. Now The Register out of the UK has posted this story about a troubling provision of Chrome's EULA.

Specifically, they cite Section 11.1 which provides:

11. Content license from you

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. 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.

Wow, use our product and you give us a free license to basically use whatever you send through Chrome for any purpose. I think they should have also included Section 11.2 which states:

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.

So not only can Gogle use your information, then can share it as well. This harkens back to the days when Google Desktop search was released and Google was going to collect informaton from the usage. Due to public outcry, this was made an option and a user needs to opt in to participate.

From my perspective, this latest move with the Chrome EULA demonstrates that 1) lawyers need to carefully read the terms of service and license agreements before using any prodcut or service; and 2) you need to watch what Google does, not what they put out for general consumption.

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