In Google Chrome, this is all included from the start.
This episode highlights the need for hard, not soft, switches to all devices – webcams, microphones – that can be used for surveillance.
Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room.
When this happens in a Debian installation, it is not Google Chrome’s behavior, this is Debian Chromium’s behavior. 3) Yes, we deliberately hid this listening module from the users, but that’s because we consider this behavior to be part of the basic Google Chrome experience.
We don’t want to show all modules that we install ourselves.
A software on/off switch for a webcam is no longer enough, a hard shield in front of the lens is required.
A software on/off switch for a microphone is no longer enough, a physical switch that breaks its electrical connection is required. Of course, people were quick to downplay the alarm. This is not something that is the slightest amount of permissible just because it’s hidden in legalese.) “It’s opt-in.