Spawn

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Google's encrypted version of its Chrome browser has sparked concern among a number of internet safety watchdogs and intelligence agencies who fear the move could endanger children's safety online.

Critics of the version of the web browser - which is currently available but is not the default version - argue it could make it more difficult to block harmful material, as it will bypass most parental control systems.

Currently, harmful material like terrorist propaganda and child-abuse images are blocked by broadband companies that install filters which read the internet's "address book," known as domain name servers.

But with the encrypted version, users are able to bypass the filters and connect to its server instead.

According to The Sunday Times, talks are to now be held in May which will see broadband providers including BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk come together with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to discuss the risks posed by Chrome.

The report cites a government official who has said its ability to investigate paedophiles and terror cells would be hampered.
Read more: Broadband companies and government to hold talks over new Google Chrome
Source: Warning over Google Chrome browser’s new threat to children
 

dabluez98

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The article is such a bunch of BS - for something that increases privacy they are trying to find some excuse of undoing it. Like NRA's it takes a good guy to kill a person with a bad gun. I would propose a bad guy with a gun is more likely to kill a bad guy with a gun. Anyway, this can be an option incorpraoted in the browser or use another broswer. what a load of.
 

Arequire

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for something that increases privacy they are trying to find some excuse of undoing it.
It doesn't increase privacy. It uses Google's DNS service by default, which allows Google to identify every domain you visit.
As stated in the article:
... intelligence and law enforcement officials fear that the new Chrome will allow Google to amass unprecedented detail on people’s browsing habits.

Talking to the title, they said: “Google will have a lot more than their searches — it will have their entire browser history. That’s an incredible amount of data,” he said. It will also be able to track devices rather than just household accounts."