Ask to delete all cookies, Google won’t delete all cookies. Chrome 69 Keeps Google’s Cookies After You Clear Browser Data.
Because Google knows better than you. And they dropped their “Don’t Be Evil” goal, and seem to be doubling down on being evil.
It has been discovered that when you try to clear all cookies in the Chrome browser, every cookie will be deleted except for authentication cookies created by Google. This means that after clearing cookies, you will be logged out of every site that you are currently logged into, except for Google.
This “Let’s not delete our own data” behavior from Google is on top of them logging you into the browser, when you didn’t ask them to. If you logged into Gmail or YouTube, Google would log you into Chrome – even if you didn’t want them to. Log out of YouTube, and Google kept you logged into the browser. They say they didn’t scoop up all of your browser history, but given how evil they’ve become, do you believe them?
Chrome 70 will walk back some of these “evil” changes, but I’ve stopped using Chrome in the interim. You may want to reconsider your use of browsers.
I use a bunch of different browsers. Opera and Vivaldi. Firefox. Chrome. Very rarely Microsoft’s Edge (when I need to test something that isn’t working because of all the privacy extensions I have in the other browsers). I even have an old version of Pale Moon installed, though I need to see if there is a new version available. And of course the TOR Browser. I may have to drop the use of Chrome.
I do this because websites love to track you. And one of the ways they do that is by tracking all kinds of things about your browser. Version, size of display, etc.
Seems like I’m not alone: Why I’m done with Chrome. Matthew Green is a cryptographer and professor at Johns Hopkins University. He takes issue with the “forced login” policy.
If you didn’t respect my lack of consent on the biggest user-facing privacy option in Chrome (and didn’t even notify me that you had stopped respecting it!) why should I trust any other consent option you give me? What stops you from changing your mind on that option in a few months, when we’ve all stopped paying attention?
Hat tip to Security Now.