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Google Updates Policies To Limit Chrome Extensions' Access To User Data

If you use Google Chrome, you most likely have at least one or two extensions. Although extensions can improve your browsing experience, that also means an extra set of eyes on your personal data. Now — as a part of Project Strobe — Google is putting restrictions on extensions to help minimize their access to users’ data. Ben Smith, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering, announced the changes in a blog post. The biggest change is that all extensions have to use the “minimum set of permissions necessary.” Essentially, if something can be achieved multiple ways, the extension has to use the one that requires the least-sensitive amount of data. In addition, extensions now have to post privacy policies in the Chrome Web Store. Google’s past policy already required that of extensions dealing with personal and sensitive user data. Now, they’re expanding the category to include any extensions handling user-provided content and personal communications. There are over 180,000...

Vanessa Taylor

May 31, 2019