January 12, 2021
Google to Remove Chrome Extensions' Default Data Collection Capabilities

Google is Taking Away Chrome Extensions’ Default Access to Browsing Data

Google continues to improve Chrome extensions’ user privacy protocols and enhance security with new requirements to soon take effect…

With nearly 70% of market share, Google’s Chrome browser is far and away the most popular. (Currently, numbers two through five are Edge at 7.75%, Firefox with 7.48%, the soon-to-be defunct Internet Explorer at 5.21%, and Safari with 3.73% market share.) Being the dominant web portal, Google Chrome is very attractive to developers. Particularly, those who create extensions — software plugins that provide all kinds of functionalities. And, until recently, Google has allowed Chrome extensions to freely collect user data. But, that unfettered access is about to end.

Google to Remove Chrome Extensions’ Default Data Collection Capabilities

Next year, Google will require that Chrome extensions request more user permissions. Right now, third-party add-ons can run “on all sites” by default. Moving forward, all Chrome plugins will need to request site-by-site access in order to collect data. While users will still have the ability to allow extensions run on an entire domain, they will have to grant their permission in order for the add-ons to run.

The change will happen sometime in 2021. First, it will be enforced on newly-created extensions. Although, the new rules will also apply to any existing Chrome plugins next year.

Credit: 9to5Google

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