Chrome extensions will soon have to tell you what data they collect
Google is about to make it harder for Chrome extensions to collect your browsing data without letting you know about it, according to a new policy announced Friday.
Starting in mid-July, developers releasing Chrome extensions will have to comply with a new User Data Policy that governs how they collect, transmit and store private information. Extensions will have to encrypt personal and sensitive information, and developers will have to disclose their privacy policies to users.
Developers will also have to post a “prominent disclosure” when collecting sensitive data that isn’t related to a prominent feature. That’s important, because extensions have tremendous power to track users’ browsing habits and then use that for nefarious purposes.