Google Chrome User Agreement Changes
Google Chrome User Agreement ChangesDec 19 2008 - Google - Farhad Divecha
Now that Chrome, Google’s own internet browser, has been removed from the beta phase, Google has made some interesting changes to the End User Licensing Agreement (EULA) which users are required to agree to before they can use the browser.
Chrome, which was launched for beta testing only in September this year, has already performed well in such a short period, and now Google is going all out to promote it even further, and increase their customer base.
Thus the latest changes to the EULA have been made keeping this target in mind.
Some of the noteworthy changes are mentioned below.
Earlier, people who were not of a legal age to enter into an agreement with Google, were not allowed (legally) to use Chrome. Now, that restriction has been totally done away with.
Google had made it mandatory for users to provide personal identification and contact data, and also keep it up to date, while signing the EULA. That section is now no longer applicable.
Google had specifically banned the use of automated access to their browser. They have now decided to delete that clause, as long as the user does not indulge in any activity that could interrupt or disrupt the services.
During the beta phase, Google had laid a condition in the EULA, requiring the user to acknowledge that there may be some secrets in the software of chrome, which would obviously remain as the intellectual property of Google, and the user would not have the right to divulge these secrets to a third party in any way. This clause too, has been deleted.
Users had been provided with instructions, about how they could extract themselves from the EULA if they wished to do so. They had to send a letter to Google in advance, stating their desire to terminate their contract with Google. This facility has now been omitted. However it does not seem likely that this particular change would raise much of a hue and cry, given that most users today, are quite addicted to the services offered by Google.
Reportedly, Google Chrome, already has a customer base of around 10 million and with the new Linux and Mac compatible versions getting ready for release, its growth is expected to be much more.
Google is also reportedly in talks with computer manufacturers to incorporate Chrome as the default browser on their new machines.