Chrome 71 to Start Showing Warning Alerts on Unclear Billing Websites

Donna Miller
November 10, 2018

Starting from Chrome 71, the browser will display a warning to users, any time a page doesn't follow these guidelines.

Chrome will detect if the subscription information on a webpage is insufficient, and like its other warnings, give the user the opportunity to go back, or proceed if they like.

Google's move comes to crack down on the avalanche of websites that hide billing information that's usually supposed to accompany mobile subscription forms.

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Such forms have been around for decades, and they've been used to let users pay for things by entering their phone number into a form, which in turns charges the user by adding a fee to his monthly (fixed or mobile) telephone bill. There are many cases that users have subscribed to a service and aren't aware of the pricing strategy, or the fact that it's a bi-monthly fee or an annual fee - the information provided isn't detailed and sufficient to provide full clarity. A lot of sites trick users into entering their mobile numbers to access content and then bill them through carriers.

Google explains in its blog, "We want to make sure Chrome users understand when they are going through a billing flow and trust that they'll be able to make informed decisions while browsing the web".

Google Chrome 71 will identify such websites and warn users of the possibility of getting duped whenever they try to visit such shady websites or while buying or subscribing to a new service. The warning will show up on Chrome desktop, Chrome mobile, and Android WebView.

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