Google Will Change How Chrome Extensions Access Data in 2021

At Chrome Dev Summit 2020 today, Google announced it will change how extensions access data and how extension permissions work in 2021. On January 18, a day before the release of Chrome 88, Google will require that every extension publicly display its privacy practices and will limit what developers can do with the data they collect. From a report:

The first change means that Chrome users next year will determine which websites an extension can access when they browse the web. Once you grant an extension permission to access a website’s data, that preference can be saved for that domain. Today, the extension makes that call. In 2021, you will still be able to grant an extension access to all the websites you visit, but that won’t be the default. Google outlined the second change last month: “each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language.” The company also updated its user data privacy policy with an addition to how extension developers use data they collect.

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