Chrome extension personal privacy crackdown starts October 15 with Project Strobe

A Google Chrome sticker

Revealed: The Secrets our Clients Used to Earn $3 Billion

A Google Chrome sticker label on a Google Pixel Chromebook

Stephen Shankland/CNET

Google’s Project Strobe, an effort to keep Chrome internet browser extensions from slurping up your individual information, will work Oct. 15. The modification becomes part of a wider tech market transfer to safeguard personal info that can be collected for scary company functions or dripped through information breaches.

Project Strobe enforces 2 requirements on designers who compose the extensions that personalize Chrome’s habits. First, it needs that extensions just collect the least quantity of individual information essential. Second, it needs more extension designers to publish a personal privacy policy — particularly, anybody composing an extension that manages individual interactions or any other user-provided material.

Break the guidelines? Your extension will be booted from the Chrome web shop, stated Chrome staff member Alexandre Blondin and Swagateeka Panigrahy in an article Tuesday.

tt 07 08 19 thumb

Now playing:
Watch this:

Google working on Chrome pause button, Bill Gates calls…


The new rules also require any personal communications or content to be transmitted with encrypted-protected network connections. That means no more unprotected video and photo sharing.

Extensions are just one way data can be harvested, though. Website scripts and cookies — some of them from Google itself — also can gather personal data and track you across the internet. In this domain, other browsers — Apple’s Safari, Mozilla’s Firefox, Brave Software’s Brave and Microsoft’s Edge — are becoming more assertive on behalf of the people using them.

Google announced Project Strobe in 2018 after a massive data exposure through its Google+ service. It sketched out the related Chrome policies in May. Google has now published detailed wording for Chrome extension privacy and data-handling rules along with the Oct. 15 date the policy goes into effect.