Browsers, Google Chrome, Privacy and You

We built Chrome not only to be faster, but also to put you in control of your private information while helping protect the information you share when you're online.

Managing your privacy in Chrome

1. Incognito mode

When you don't want your website visits or downloads to be recorded in your browsing and download histories, you can browse in incognito mode. In addition, any cookies created while in incognito mode are deleted after you close the incognito window.

When you're browsing in incognito mode, you'll see the incognito icon Google Chrome incognito mode in the corner.

Incognito mode is particularly handy since it's an easy way to browse the web in a private way without needing to change your privacy settings back and forth between browsing sessions. For example, you can have one regular session as well as one incognito session in separate windows at the same time.

2. Privacy preferences

You can control all your privacy preferences for Chrome from the Options dialog, under the Privacy section located at the top of the Under the Hood tab.

Google Chrome privacy preferences

Learn more about managing your privacy preferences for:

3. Clearing your browsing data

With Chrome, you can clear your browsing data at any time so that this information is not stored in your browser. You have full control over which types of browsing data you'd like to erase from your browser, including browsing and download histories, cookies, saved passwords, and saved form data. Learn more

4. Controlling privacy preferences for cookies, images, JavaScript, and plugins *

Under Chrome's content settings, you can control your privacy preferences for cookies, images, JavaScript, and plugins on a site-by-site basis. For example, you can set up cookie rules to allow cookies only for a specified list of sites that you trust, and instruct Chrome to block or ask permission first for cookies for all other sites. Learn more

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5. Understanding other data sent by the browser

We've taken great care to make sure that Chrome is designed with your privacy in mind. It only communicates with Google services where absolutely necessary to deliver features and functionality. You can disable features that require this kind of communication in Chrome's options so you are in control of what is sent to Google when you use Chrome.

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Google Chrome Privacy Whitepaper*

Google Chrome Privacy Policy

*in BETA only, coming soon to the stable release of Google Chrome