The Chrome browser team at Google announced at the 2020 Chrome Dev Web Developer Summit a number of new capabilities for developers, updated rules for add-on developers, in addition to new steps to improve overall browser performance.
In an effort to enhance the security of extensions, Google recently made some changes to data collection policies for Chrome browser extensions. Thanks to the new policies, the Chrome Web Store will soon determine what extension developers can do with the data they collect.
Google also requires developers to certify practices regarding their data usage, and display that information on the Chrome Web Store.
Based on these new policies, Google announced that it is making it easier for users to choose which websites the extension can access.
Currently, extensions are a privacy nightmare, as they can choose which websites to access upon installation.
And according to the new announcement, the Chrome Web Store will soon present a new option; When you install the extension it allows you to set website access.
This option is expected to make it easier for users to assign website access to each extension. Moreover, the option also alerts users who do not currently know that they can restrict access to websites for Chrome browser extensions.
Starting in January, each extension contains a section called Privacy Practices across the Chrome Web Store, which explains what kind of data the extension collects.
The Chrome browser team announced its intention to launch the third version of the basic statement in mid-January, in conjunction with the arrival of version 88 of the Chrome system.
This version introduces new limits for add-on developers to prevent them from accessing a lot of data from their users, and it also places relatively severe restrictions on how add-ons interact with the web page.
Google says: it has made some changes to the third version of the basic statement based on the comments it has received.