Stable Channel Update Chrome OS

The Stable channel is being updated to 83.0.4103.97 (Platform version: 13020.67.0) for most Chrome OS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates. Systems will be receiving updates over the next several days.
If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our forum or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using ‘Report an issue...’ in the Chrome menu (3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser).


Cindy Bayless
Google Chrome OS

Dev Channel Update for Desktop

The Dev channel has been updated to 85.0.4164.2/.4 for Windows & 85.0.4164.2/.3 for Mac, & 85.0.4164.2 for Linux platforms.
A partial list of changes is available in the log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. The community help forum is also a great place to reach out for help or learn about common issues.
Google Chrome
Srinivas Sista

Heartbeat of the Earth: artists explore climate data

Art has always been a medium to convey complex subjects and address challenges we face. For many of us, the term “climate data” conjures up images of complicated graphs and charts, but artists are explaining it through a new lens. Today, on World Environment Day, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Google Arts & Culture Lab residency program announce Heartbeat of the Earth, a series of experimental artworks inspired by climate data. 

Five artists—Fabian Oefner, Cristina Tarquini, Laurie Frick, Pekka Niittyvirta, Timo Aho—used key findings from a landmark UN report and data from scientific institutions, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization, to create four interactive pieces of art about our climate. They’ve addressed the topics of declining ocean life, food consumption, melting glaciers and rising sea levels.

Acidifying Ocean

Digital visual artist Cristina Tarquini invites you to dive into our acidifying oceans using data from NOAA. Witness the effects of rising CO2 levels on our ocean: coral bleaching, fish disappearing, shells dissolving, jellyfish populations booming and garbage overpopulating the sea.


What We Eat

Have you ever wondered about the carbon footprint of your food? One-fourth of global climate change is caused by food production—that’s even more than the damage caused by transportation—so data artist Laurie Frick has created “What We Eat.” The work  examines the impact of individual foods on the environment using hand-drawn data visualisations, color coded and sized by CO2 output. 


Coastline Paradox

Discover the predicted sea level rise—and the number of people likely to be displaced—in more than 200 different locations between the years 2000 and 2300.  Timo Aho & Pekka Niittyvirta’sCoastline Paradox” experiment, uses a map of the world and Google Street View to visualize the current and predicted global sea level rise.


Timelines 

The experimental photographer Fabian Oefner visualizes the shocking retreat of the Rhone and Trift glaciers in Switzerland over the last 140 years. In “Timelines,” Fabian traces their retreat for each year using digital coordinates by GLAMOS, a drone equipped with powerful LED lights, and long-exposure imagery of the drone’s flightpath.

We hope that Heartbeat of the Earth will help everyone learn more about the complex issues we’ll encounter due to a changing climate. If you want to keep exploring on World Environment Day, “Into the Deep” isan expedition of the Antarctic ocean, made in partnership with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research. We also have a new video series celebrating nature in art created in cooperation with BTHVN2020.  

Find out more on the free Google Arts & Culture app for iOS and Android on the web..

Beta Channel Update for Desktop

The beta channel has been updated to 84.0.4147.38 for Mac, Linux and Windows


A full list of changes in this build is available in the log. Interested in switching release channels?  Find out how here. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. The community help forum is also a great place to reach out for help or learn about common issues.



Prudhvikumar Bommana
Google Chrome

How G Suite for Education protects teacher and student privacy

From it’s start 13 years ago, G Suite for Education has provided accredited schools and universities around the world with collaboration and teaching tools that are easy to use and manage, and protect student data. Our team works closely with school leaders and educators to continuously improve our tools and empower them with more engaging and effective ways to teach and learn—anytime, anywhere, on any device. And with many more schools now using G Suite for Education, we want to answer some common questions about our approach to security and privacy. 

What’s included in G Suite for Education

G Suite for Education offers two categories of services: G Suite Core Services and Additional Services. G Suite Core Services include products like Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Forms, Slides, Meet, and Classroom, which helps educators easily distribute assignments, grade and send feedback, and communicate with students in one place. Additional Services, like Google Books, Google Earth and Google Search, are designed for consumer users and can be used with G Suite for Education accounts if enabled by a school’s domain administrator, after obtaining parental consent where appropriate.

We keep teacher and student data secure 

Schools own their G Suite for Education data, and it’s Google’s responsibility to keep it safe and secure. Our systems and data centers are among the industry’s most secure and G Suite for Education data gets the same multi-layer safeguards that Google uses for our own operations. Our engineers work around the clock to ensure the security of our products and quickly respond to any threats that may emerge. We also provide all G Suite for Education administrators with extensive security capabilities to protect sensitive information, including Data Loss Prevention. For customers interested in enhanced security capabilities, please check out G Suite Enterprise for Education.

G Suite for Education provides school-managed Google accounts specifically for students, faculty and staff. School administrators can delete their entire domain, delete specific accounts at any time, or export their data at any time. If a school decides to stop using G Suite for Education, all their user accounts and G Suite customer data will be deleted. When users graduate or move to a different school, we provide a Takeout tool students can use to take their data with them. 

If you’re a parent or guardian of a student in primary or secondary school (K-12), you can access your child’s personal information or request that it be deleted through the school administrator. If a parent wishes to stop any further collection or use of the child's information, the parent can request that the school administrator limit the child’s access to features or services, or delete the child’s account entirely. For schools looking for more information about how to communicate with parents and guardians about G Suite for Education, check out this resource.

We don’t allow ads in G Suite for Education Core Services

There are no ads in G Suite for Education’s Core Services. For G Suite for Education users in primary and secondary (K-12) schools, Google does not use any user personal information (or any information associated with the G Suite for Education account) to target ads.

Additional Services (like YouTube, Maps, and Blogger) that are designed for consumers can also be used with G Suite for Education accounts for primary and secondary schools (K-12), if the school’s domain administrator enables access to the services. In that circumstance, these services may show contextual ads, but personal information (or any information associated with the account) is not used to target advertising.

We comply with industry regulations and best practices

G Suite for Education supports compliance with privacy laws around the world like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). We also signed the Student Privacy Pledge in connection with G Suite for Education Core Services so that educators and parents would know that we follow industry-leading practices. 

G Suite for Education’s commitment to privacy and security helps educators and school leaders create a healthy and safe teaching environment, all while making learning productive and collaborative. To learn more, we encourage you to visit our Privacy & Security Center and our G Suite for Education Privacy Notice. And if you’re a parent or guardian looking for information about how you can keep your family safe online, even outside of school, visit our Family Safety Center.

Clarifying Recent App Decisions on Play

Google Play was designed to provide a safe and secure experience for our consumers while also giving developers the platform and tools they need to build sustainable businesses. Our global policies were designed with that goal in mind. 


A number of recent app removals received particular attention in India and we wanted to clarify our actions.


Earlier this week, we removed a video app for a number of technical policy violations. We have an established process of working with developers to help them fix issues and resubmit their apps.  We’ve given this developer some guidance and once they’ve addressed the issue the app can go back up on Play.


We also recently suspended a number of apps for violating the policy that we don't allow an app that “encourages or incentivizes users into removing or disabling third-party apps or modifying device settings or features unless it is part of a verifiable security service”. This is a longstanding rule designed to ensure a healthy, competitive environment where developers can succeed based upon design and innovation. When apps are allowed to specifically target other apps, it can lead to behavior that we believe is not in the best interest of our community of developers and consumers. We’ve enforced this policy against other apps in many countries consistently in the past - just as we did here.    


We hope this helps clarify the rationale behind these recent actions. We thank our developers for all the amazing work they do and our consumers for their continued support in helping to create a safe and secure mobile app ecosystem. 


Posted by Sameer Samat, Vice President, Android and Google Play

Free virtual digital skills training for Aussies from Grow with Google

Since Grow with Google launched in 2019, we’ve travelled across every state of Australia to help Aussies get the digital skills they need to succeed. Along the way, we’ve partnered with local business chambers, entrepreneurial networks, and community organisations to provide free tools and training to help people get the right skills to find jobs they want, advance their careers and grow their businesses.

In the last year alone, we’ve trained more than 100,000 Australians in digital skills, and seen firsthand how technology can create new opportunities for businesses and communities. More recently, we’ve also seen a significant spike in demand for our free online training resources as many people—particularly jobseekers and small businesses—face disruption caused by COVID-19 and look to digital skills training to help them through these challenging times. In fact, we saw a 300 per cent increase in the number of people completing online training modules on our Grow with Google website in April this year, compared with the same time period last year.

Though we’re currently unable to gather in person in large groups, it doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. We’re excited to announce a new virtual program from Grow with Google Australia that will ensure more Australians continue to have access to digital skills training and opportunities. We’re launching Grow with Google OnAir - a series of livestreamed and on-demand webinar trainings that will be available to anyone in Australia for free, for the first time.

The training has been designed specifically for small business owners, people adjusting to remote working and learning, jobseekers, teachers and community non-profit organisations. A series of seven webinars will cover topics like how to connect with your customers and manage your business remotely, improve your job search skills, and connect remotely using tools like Google Meet and Calendar. And all led by specialist Google trainers from our Sydney office.


It will also share more on how businesses can make the most of your free Business Profile on Google, with many businesses using this helpful tool to keep their customers informed as they adapt their businesses and products. One of those businesses is Expo Centric - a Sydney-based builder of exhibition stands and displays. When COVID-19 spread locally, they updated their range of product solutions to include hand sanitiser dispensers, protection screens, room partitions and portable desks to meet changing customer needs - and kept them informed through regular updates to their profile.



Grow with Google OnAir webinars will be livestreamed once a day from 9-18 June in one hour digestible workshops. Attendees will be able to ask live questions via a dialogue box. Register to attend for free at g.co/GrowOnAirAU 



In addition to Grow with Google OnAir, which is available across Australia, we continue to support our team of local Digital Coaches and our network of more than 7,000 local partner organisations, so that they can teach virtual workshops in their communities. 

Since 2014, Google Australia has trained over half a million Australians on digital skills through Grow with Google and other digital skilling programs. It’s our aim to ensure these opportunities remain available to everyone. Visit the Grow with Google Australia website to find a virtual program that’s right for you - no matter what stage of your digital journey you are at.

Posted by Richard Flanagan, Head of Business Marketing, Google Australia

Chrome Beta for Android Update

Hi everyone! We've just released Chrome Beta 84 (84.0.4147.37) for Android: it's now available on Google Play.

You can see a partial list of the changes in the Git log. For details on new features, check out the Chromium blog, and for details on web platform updates, check here.

If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Krishna Govind
Google Chrome

Beta Channel Update for Chrome OS

The Beta channel is being updated to 84.0.4147.33 (Platform version: 13099.19.0) for most Chrome OS devices. This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates. Most systems will be receiving updates over the next several days.

If you find new issues, please let us know by visiting our forum or filing a bug. Interested in switching channels? Find out how. You can submit feedback using 'Report an issue...' in the Chrome menu (3 vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser).

Marina Kazatcker
Google Chrome OS

Stable Channel Update for Desktop

The stable channel has been updated to 83.0.4103.97 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which will roll out over the coming days/weeks.



Security Fixes and Rewards
Note: Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed.



This update includes 5 security fixes. Below, we highlight fixes that were contributed by external researchers. Please see the Chrome Security Page for more information.

[$20000][1082105] High CVE-2020-6493: Use after free in WebAuthentication. Reported by Anonymous on 2020-05-13
[$7500][1083972] High CVE-2020-6494: Incorrect security UI in payments. Reported by Juho Nurminen on 2020-05-18
[$TBD][1072116] High CVE-2020-6495: Insufficient policy enforcement in developer tools. Reported by David Erceg on 2020-04-18
[$N/A][1085990] High CVE-2020-6496: Use after free in payments. Reported by Khalil Zhani on 2020-05-24


We also released these 2 security fixes in Chrome for IOS release (83.0.4103.88) . Below, we highlight fixes that were contributed by external researchers. Please see the Chrome Security Page for more information.

[$1500][1069246] Medium CVE-2020-6497: Insufficient policy enforcement in Omnibox. Reported by Rayyan Bijoora on 2020-04-08
[$500][1081081] Medium CVE-2020-6498: Incorrect security UI in progress display. Reported by Rayyan Bijoora on 2020-05-11

We would also like to thank all security researchers that worked with us during the development cycle to prevent security bugs from ever reaching the stable channel.




A list of all changes is available in the log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. The community help forum is also a great place to reach out for help or learn about common issues.


Srinivas Sista
Google Chrome