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V-44759

Google Data Synchronization must be disabled.

Finding ID
DTBC-0020
Rule ID
SV-57593r2_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
DTBC0020 - Google Data Synchronization
CCI
CCI-002333
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

Disables data synchronization in Google Chrome using Google-hosted synchronization services and prevents users from changing this setting. If you enable this setting, users cannot change or override this setting in Google Chrome. If this policy is left not set the user will be able to enable Google Sync. Google Sync is used to sync information between different user devices, this data is then stored on Google owned servers. The synced data may consist of information such as email, calendars, viewing history, etc. This feature must be disabled because the organization does not have control over the servers the data is stored on.

Fix Text

Windows group policy: 1. Open the group policy editor tool with gpedit.msc 2. Navigate to Policy Path: Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Google\Google Chrome\ Policy Name: Disable synchronization of data with Google Policy State: Enabled Policy Value: N/A

Check Content

Universal method: 1. In the omnibox (address bar) type chrome://policy 2. If SyncDisabled is not displayed under the Policy Name column or it is not set to true under the Policy Value column, then this is a finding. Windows method: 1. Start regedit 2. Navigate to HKLM\Software\Policies\Google\Chrome\ 3. If the SyncDisabled value name does not exist or its value data is not set to 1, then this is a finding.