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Does Opera continue Chromium's checking-in with Google?

  • Reddit users noted that Chromium checks in with Google's mothership, thought it's unknown what data is communicated other than the IP address. Opera is based on Chromium, but just as Linux Mint disabled Ubuntu's telemetry, it could have disabled Google's data-mining. What does Opera do in this respect?

    https://www.reddit.com/r/privacy/comments/34tc2f/how_safe_is_chromium_privacy_wise/

  • Check Opera's privacy policy.

  • @leocg Thanks for the reply. I read that, but it doesn't specifically address my issue. As I said before, Linux Mint states in its release notes that Ubuntu telemetry is disabled, with Linux Mint being a spin of Ubuntu. Similarly, Opera is a Chromium spin. That Reddit thread I referenced includes the assertions of a few people who claimed that Chromium phones home to Google every time it is opened and also every now and then to verify if Chrome extensions are current. The IP address is passed along, at a minimum.

    Opera would have to specifically disable Chromium's phoning home, but the privacy policy does not address that. Opera's privacy policy states: "Some third-party sites may monitor data traffic from our products and services, such as numbers of hits and the search terms used." However, if the IP address is passed to Google, then it can track users.

    Also, it would seem that if a user installs "Install Chrome Extensions," then regular communication with Google would be conducted. though there is a simple fix for that: don't install it or Chrome extensions.

    I never use Google search. I use a variety of browsers, including Opera and Firefox, but never Chrome. I never surf while being logged into any website. But Google still remembers my old searches on Youtube even though I never use it while logged in.

  • @pc-cobbler said in Does Opera continue Chromium's checking-in with Google?:

    I never use Google search. I use a variety of browsers, including Opera and Firefox, but never Chrome. I never surf while being logged into any website. But Google still remembers my old searches on Youtube even though I never use it while logged in.

    Probably through local cookies of your searches, check that.

  • @kitwar Maybe, but I doubt it, given that I have blocked third-party cookies, chose settings to delete all cookies and history when I close the browser, and installed uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere, and Privacy Badger. I just checked my cookies and the only ones present are from this session. It's probably fingerprinting, given that I do not listen to popular music and my DSL ISP gives IP addresses within a narrow range.