Will Chrome be used to search the closed part of the web?

Original author: Richard MacManus
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Translation of an article dated October 5, 2008 on the topic of (theoretical) Google indexing the closed part of the web using its Chrome browser. The translation is amateurish, but I tried to make it clear. Enjoy reading.

More than a month has passed since Google launched its open source browser, Chrome. An interesting theory that we heard recently is that Google uses Chrome to create an index of the closed part of the Internet (password protected pages), or the “dark side of the Internet”
. At the moment, the terms of the license agreement (TOS) of Chrome does not allow Google to index personal data . But if you imagine that Chrome was originally presented as an application browser, not web pages, this theory begins to make sense.
Most web applications are password protected, so there is no way for a regular search engine to index this data - even those that are not specific to a particular user, but are shared. But with a full browser in addition to the search engine, Google could theoretically have the means to index this previously inaccessible information.
Does Google plan to use Chrome for the index of the closed part of the Internet in the future? This question does not require an answer, because the Internet has turned into something that is not so easy to index. Neil McAlister wrote an article on this subject back in July, the article “Is the Web still the Web?” (“Is the Web still the Web?”), Revealing this topic. Neil writes:
“Is it still the Web, if it is no longer just hypertext?” Is it still the Web if you cannot go directly to the content? Is it still the Web if it cannot be indexed and found by search? Is it still the Web if it can only be viewed on special clients or devices? Is it still the web if you can’t see the source? ”

As he later noted, flash and silverlight can now be indexed.
So the next step is the ability to index and search for user-generated content. Chrome is the best tool for this. To do this, you need to make some changes to the license agreement (TOS), because indexing personal data is a taboo for search engines, and especially for the market leader - Google. Indexing the personal history of visited pages will be a big privacy issue. But what if Google can convince users of the value of indexing data from their pages without specifying a user's identity (anonymously) ...
What do you think of this theory is too unrealistic? Remember that Chrome is already in 4th place among browsers (after ie, firefox and safari). And he was already able to overtake opera, and this is only a month, still in beta and without a version for Mac.

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