Brave, Chromium, Google, and your data


Hello everyone!

We at Brave would like to take a moment to address some concerns surrounding Brave and its shift to a Chromium based framework.

After making that announcement we started seeing more and more questions from privacy-focused users about whether or not their data will be shared or sent to Google now that it’s built on the Chromium framework:

Those are just a handful of recent examples but we see this come up several times a week. We do our best to address each users concern - as your privacy is our main concern - but due to increasing frequency, severity of the matter, and complex answers that are often required, this approach is not sustainable. Instead, we’re making an initiative to address all of them at once.

We’ve started compiling a document that highlights all the changes we make to the underlying Chromium framework in order to ensure that you’re data isn’t being tracked or sent anywhere without your express permission to do so.

As stated at the very top of the page: This page is a work in progress! It should by no means be considered a “final” or exhaustive list of things we have removed.

We will be regularly updating this page to reflect all measures taken to separate and differentiate ourselves from Chrome and Chromium. Eventually it will become a catch all for all concerns surrounding the subject and will hopefully serve as a testament to Brave’s commitment to transparency.

We will continue to answer specific questions as we can but if you have a question about the subject that you don’t see addressed in the doc, we would prefer you leave it here in this thread. This allows us to keep track of what privacy related issues users are most concerned with and the team can comb through this thread and add any relevant questions to the page.

Deviations from Chromium (features we disable or remove):

How much Google is removed from Brave Beta?
I need a good reason to make Brave my only web browser
Dont let the fox in the hen house!
Brave in Apple MacOS
Brave Beta Review
The latest update to Brave has removed third party password management
What on earth have you done?
Security of new Brave Core vs Brave Muon (question)
Brave, what happened?
Is Brave really Google-Free?
Brave looks like Chrome (://settings)
Brave is chrome based?
Brave on Mac now makes a connection to Google on start
Suggestions and Recommendations for new user?
For users who had issues migrating data from Brave Muon to Brave Core
Is Brave Built Off OF Ungoogled Chromium?
First impressions, at random, focusing on privacy
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