November 20, 2015

Detectify: Chrome Extensions – AKA Total Absence of Privacy

The "Detectify Labs" site has put up a lengthy analysis of the user tracking taking place in many Chrome browser extensions. "Google, claiming that Chrome is the safest web browser out there, is actually making it very simple for extensions to hide how aggressively they are tracking their users. We have also discovered exactly how intrusive this sort of tracking actually is and how these tracking companies actually do a lot of things trying to hide it. Due to the fact that the gathering of data is made inside an extension, all other extensions created to prevent tracking (such as Ghostery) are completely bypassed." At the end they note that the situation with Firefox is not a whole lot better.

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