Google announces changes to Chrome and Drive prioritizing users privacy

The Google announced on Thursday (30) measures to increase the privacy of users who use extensions in Chrome. Now developers can request only a "minimum set of required permissions" from users, reducing access to sensitive data.

In addition, Google will also require extensions to follow a privacy policy in the Chrome Web Store. Previously, the measure was a prerequisite only for programs that required "personal and confidential user data," but has now been expanded to any extension requesting access to user information.
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The new measures will be implemented soon. Google has promised developers at least 90 days in advance so they can adapt to the changes. After the period, out of standard extensions will be removed from the Web Store and disabled from Chrome browsers.

Google also took the opportunity to announce a similar policy of limited data to applications that connect to Google Drive, as those backup. With the change, the company will allow users to select the files to which third parties may have access. It works like this: when using a third party application, users choose the exact file in which they wish to work, preventing full access to the contents of the drive.

Drive users will soon be able to select specific files they want to share with third-party apps. This prevents access to developers around the platform content (Photo: Playback)

The rule does not apply to full backup services and other applications that require full Drive access. Still, Google has ensured that it will examine the authenticity of the programs before granting access. "Restricted Google Drive API scoping will begin early next year," the company said.

The novelty of Drive is part of Project Strobe, which started last year with Gmail. In the period, the news spread that Gmail developers had almost complete access to users' emails . The following month, Google began limiting developer access to data on most of its platforms.
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While no private user information has been leaked by developers, Google wants to avoid the nightmare experienced by Facebook in 2018 when it was discovered that the company shared personal user data with Cambridge Analytica.


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