Google Forced To Change Chrome User Agreement

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The BBC is claiming that Google has been forced to change their user agreement for its new browser, Chrome, which was launched last week.

The BBC is claiming that Google has been forced to change their user agreement for its new browser, Chrome, which was launched last week.

Under the terms of the original agreement Google claimed rights over “any Content which a user submitted, posted or displayed on or through” the browser.

The BBC says that Google has reworded the agreement on Wednesday, leaving those rights in the hands of Chrome’s users.

A spokesperson for Google is reported by the BBC to have said said its user agreements were re-used and the initial claim was an oversight.

The initial End User Licence Agreement (EULA) claimed “a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.”

Rebecca Ward, senior product counsel for Google Chrome, said the problem arose because Google re-uses swathes of its Universal Terms of Service across all its offerings “in order to keep things simple for our users”.

“Sometimes, as in the case of Google Chrome, this means that the legal terms for a specific product may include terms that don’t apply well to the use of that product,” she said.

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