Google Drive & Chrome-Extensions: Google announces new privacy requirements for Chrome extensions

ByAdeline Belluz 2019-06-01 185

Google does a lot for the protection of the data of all users and secures the accounts by always new technical measures. However, this is not always the case if the users themselves give many external apps access to the account and the data it contains. For this reason, the Project Strobe was created some time ago with the aim of restricting data access as much as possible. In the future the Chrome-Extensions and Google Drive will also be more controlled.

During the Project Strobe, it was announced that both external access to Google Drive data and access from Chrome extensions to permissions would be severely restricted. For extensions, this means in plain text that they should only demand the permissions they absolutely need. If there are several possibilities of a conversion, the variant with less data access must be selected. In addition, all extensions with data access must deposit a data protection declaration.

For external access to Google Drive, this change means that external apps no longer have automatic full access, but can only retrieve individual files. If apps require full access, such as backup solutions, they must first be checked and verified by Google. This is likely to cause some apps and platforms to cut their connections to Google Drive again, but for the user it's basically better protection, albeit with possible future loss of convenience.

And that's probably the next app that IFTTT will fly out of and can no longer be integrated into processes. At the moment, however, there is no comment on this.

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