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Why big ISPs aren’t happy about Google’s plans for encrypted DNS | Ars Technica

Despite insinuations from telecom companies, Google says, the company has no plans to switch Chrome users to its own DNS servers.

One concern is that switching to encrypted DNS would prevent ISPs and others from spying on their users.

Google says it isn't planning to switch users to its DNS. Let's start with the second concern: that Google will switch Chrome users to its own DNS servers, giving Google concentrated power over DNS. Google's response here is simple.

"Google has no plans to centralize or change people's DNS providers to Google by default," the company said in an email to Ars Technica.

The shift will make Cloudflare the default DNS provider for many Firefox users, regardless of the DNS settings of the underlying OS. Mozilla has more latitude to do this because most surveys show Firefox with single-digit market share-and Firefox isn't a major DNS provider in its own right.

The same move could raise antitrust concerns if Google started switching Chrome users over to its own DNS. But Google says it has no plans to do that.

If customers switched to third-party DNS servers-either from Google or one of its various competitors-then ISPs would no longer have an easy way to tell which sites customers were accessing.

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