July 20, 2024
Google Has My Dead Grandpa’s Data And He Never Used The Internet
How did they connect us? We've never been Facebook friends. He's never sent me an email. The guy literally never had the internet, or a need for it, in his entire life.
How did they connect us? We’ve never been Facebook friends. He’s never sent me an email. The guy literally never had the internet, or a need for it, in his entire life.

Over the past couple months I’ve been held up on a regular basis by the fact that Chrome has been overriding my LastPass credential window with their own despite the fact that I’ve never given Chrome access to any of my sign in credentials, which means they’re just trying to be pushy and acquire those details. This has been happening to me more often than I’d like, and it has really started to bug me. Why? A couple reasons. For one, I don’t want Google (as a company) perpetually scanning my form fields grabbing stuff I didn’t ask them to just because that’s their default status. And two, Google is prioritizing their Chrome credential services over others I willingly chose. This is simply a small demonstration of Google’s monopoly power that I would prefer not be in my life. So last week I decided it would be the last time. 

My first step was to hit that little “Manage…” button Google has deprioritized at the bottom of their credential window to see where it took me. What I found out is that Google, as expected, has been keeping track of me very well. Upon arrival to the controls page, I found a list of “Saved Passwords” (duh) as well as a list of “Never Saved” passwords.

Hmm. Never Saved? At no point did I tell Google to create and store a list of websites I had logged into that they didn’t get access to but would like access to at some point in the future. Maybe in the Terms of Service/Privacy Policy I agreed to this, but who knows? Not the majority of us, and it’s just creepy.

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