German Government tells people not to use Google Chrome

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

The German Federal Office for Information Security has told people not to use Google Chrome for surfing the internet, saying it is unacceptable to have all internet user information – search engine, email and now browser – with the same company.

The news was broadcasted on “Tagesschau”, Germany’s biggest prime time news show and also in “Berliner Zeitung”, Berlin’s biggest newspaper.   Here was what they said (translated from the German) :

The Federal Office for Information Security warned internet users of the new browser Chrome. The application by the company Google should not be used for surfing the internet, as a spokesperson for the office told the Berliner Zeitung. It was said to be problematic that Chrome was distributed as an unfinished advance version. Furthermore it was said to be risky that user data is hoarded with a single vendor. With its search engine, email program and the new browser, Google now covers all important areas on the internet.

Needless to say, the German Government isn’t going to go as far as blocking downloads of Chrome.  People will always have the choice of whether to use it or not.   But not since the squabble over the Microsoft Windows monopoly has the government spoken up like this over a software application, and I’m sure Google didn’t want publicity like this.

Via Google Blogoscoped

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24 Responses to German Government tells people not to use Google Chrome

  1. yeah, I see what they are saying here. Using google to search AND browse the web is not a great idea. you are better off to use Live search in Internet Explorer On Vista. Don't want google to get too big.

  2. yeah, I see what they are saying here. Using google to search AND browse the web is not a great idea. you are better off to use Live search in Internet Explorer On Vista. Don’t want google to get too big.

  3. Conversation with one of my friends (I'll let you guess what the answers are :P )

    Just a few questions

    Your OS is…?

    Your Browser is…?

    Who Provides your email?

    What do you use to write letters on your PC?

    So why do you have a problem with me using Ubuntu, Firefox/Chrome, Gmail and Google Docs?

  4. Conversation with one of my friends (I’ll let you guess what the answers are :P )

    Just a few questions
    Your OS is…?
    Your Browser is…?
    Who Provides your email?
    What do you use to write letters on your PC?

    So why do you have a problem with me using Ubuntu, Firefox/Chrome, Gmail and Google Docs?

  5. Oh yeah!

    How DARE the gov to try to protect the citizens!

    Let's close the BSI (the Federal Office for Information Security) and …

    Wait….

    No, let's better ignore jacks post, that would be a better way to protect myself!

  6. Oh yeah!

    How DARE the gov to try to protect the citizens!
    Let’s close the BSI (the Federal Office for Information Security) and …

    Wait….

    No, let’s better ignore jacks post, that would be a better way to protect myself!

  7. wait till germany brings out a browser it will be supa as schwarzenegger would say :p …not that they'll ever bring out a browser, but with the security leaks going on….it has been on some other televisions as well…they're not the only ones

  8. wait till germany brings out a browser it will be supa as schwarzenegger would say :p …not that they’ll ever bring out a browser, but with the security leaks going on….it has been on some other televisions as well…they’re not the only ones

  9. Ahm, you know that Schwarzenegger isn't german at all? He is austrian!

    You know, the little european country with all the mountains, where Mozart, Freud an Hitler (for example) came from?

    Same language – other country! Just like the US and Canada ;-)

  10. Ahm, you know that Schwarzenegger isn’t german at all? He is austrian!

    You know, the little european country with all the mountains, where Mozart, Freud an Hitler (for example) came from?

    Same language – other country! Just like the US and Canada ;-)

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