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Re: [directory-discuss] proprietary-surveillance.html

From: David Hedlund
Subject: Re: [directory-discuss] proprietary-surveillance.html
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:32:14 +0100
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On 2016-12-31 21:18, Greg Rundlett (freephile) wrote:
On Sat, Dec 31, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Richard Stallman <address@hidden> wrote:
Please DTRT about this problem in Chromium.
First please check that the situation has not changed since a year ago.
If it has not, then Chromium should be treated as a nonfree program
for the directory.

I just checked, and this was fixed almost immediately (back in June, 2015).

Chromium does not download the "Hotwords" module.  See the response in the bug tracker for chromium:


Chrome contains an audio listening module.

  Even nastier, Chromium (supposedly "open source") automatically
loads the nonfree audio listening module at startup.  Effectively,
that module is part of Chromium, which means Chromium as a whole is
not really free software (nor open source).

Chromium does not download nor contain the nonfree audio listening module. Here's the diff of the above-referenced commit: 

Chrome, a Google product, is a different story.

I added this to

Chromium version 43-44[170] automatically downloaded a binary blob audio listening module and run this non-free eavesdropping tool at startup.[171]

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