Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Chrome users will have more control over extensions access to website data

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Extensions are such an integral part of the modern web experience that it’s hard to imagine using a browser without any. But they are not without flaws. Much like mobile apps, browser plugins provide another way for developers to collect and sell your data to advertisers. We’ve all come across those extensions that ask for permission to see anything you do online. Fortunately, Google will implement new chrome policies in 2021 will give you more control over how much data they can collect.

Next year, when you add a new plugin to Chrome, you’ll have to say if it can access a website you’re visiting, not the other way around. You will still have the option to grant an extension access to any websites you visit, but this will not be the default in the future. Instead, you can choose on a case-by-case basis, and the plugin will remember your choice for a given web domain.

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