Google updates Chrome on iOS after four months, reveals how much data is collected
Google Chrome may be one of the most popular browser application on almost every major platform, but its parent company Google recently put its users at risk by not updating several of its apps for four months. Chrome finally rolled out the first update for iOS this year on Tuesday, while revealing exactly how much data it collects from users on the platform.
Like its major competitors Edge and Mozilla’s Firefox, Google Chrome has provided a sustained and regular update cadence for years with a new version every month. The company broke its schedule on iOS by not pushing an update to its Chrome browser for over four months, after Apple changed its rules on the App Store forcing developers to inform users what data they collected and if it was used to track them.
Starting in December last year, Apple made it mandatory for every developer to include Apple’s new privacy “nutrition labels” on their pages on the App Store whenever they pushed the next update to their app. It appears that Google held out as long as possible before finally pushing out the update to iOS users.
For now, Google hasn’t added any major changes or features to the browser, which retains its old version 87 tag. Meanwhile, Chrome on other platforms is currently on version 89 and is set to roll out version 90 next month - which should also come to iOS. Meanwhile, the App Store entry for Chrome now explains exactly how much information is collected if you use Chrome on your phone.
Google has filled in the ‘Data Not Linked to You’ section to mention User Content and Diagnostics, while the ‘Data Linked to You’ section has more data collected, including Financial Info, Contact Info, Browsing History, Usage Data, Location, User Content, Identifiers, Diagnostics and Other Data. This isn’t the longest list of data that is collected by any app, but it is nevertheless revealing considering how much information we pour into our browser every day.