Stop Google Crash Reports from sending personal information

The large userbase enables Google to get valuable feedback about its flagship browser – Chrome via Google Crash Reports. This information is then utilized by developers to monitor its performance, continuously and improve it further if required. Plus, new feature requests, bugs reports, and other updates also tend to make the browser more user-driven. But, there’s a catch here! In all this, Google also seeks some personal information about its users. Fortunately, there’s a way to disable this behavior.

Stop Google Crash Reports from sending error, crash & other info

Google itself notes-

“Allowing Chrome to send us automatic reports helps us prioritize what to fix and improve in Chrome”.

These reports can include things like when Chrome crashes, how much memory you’re using, and some personal information.

In addition, it also divulges details like,

  • Payment information, and passwords
  • Extensions you have installed
  • The web page you were visiting at the time of the crash
  • Your device’s operating system, manufacturer, and model
  • The country where you’re using Chrome and more.

If you are unwilling to send information in a crash report, you’ll need to do the following,

  1. Open Google Settings
  2. Turn off ‘Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google

1] Open Google Settings

Launch Google Chrome browser click the menu (visible as three horizontal dots) and choose ‘Settings’ from the list of options displayed.

2] Turn off  Automatically send usage statistics and crash reports to Google

Stop Google Crash Reports

Under the ‘People’ section, expand the ‘Sync and Google Services’ menu.

Next, scroll down to locate the option that bears the following description –

‘Help improve Chrome’s features and performance. Automatically sends usage statistics and crash reports to Google’.

If needed, you can also check what information you have allowed being sent to Google in an event of a crash or a browser failure. For this, enter the following code in the address bar of a new tab – chrome://crashes.

Note, if you have disabled the feature or no crash has occurred, the reports folder could be empty.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

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