It's not just Google Chrome.
It's "Whenever your computer is switched on ... if a microphone
The idea that "A computer must ask your permission first" (as
implied by the Author of that article) is utterly naive.
If something is connected & active, then it is only 'politeness'
if the computer asks permission to use the resource.
It certainly doesn't have to.
And 'malicious software', such as viruses, can't afford to be
PS Same goes for a WebCam.