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Google Threatens To Delist Chrome Extensions Installed by Deceptive Tactics

vendredi 31 mai 2019, 19:35 , par Slashdot/Apple
Google is cracking down again on deceptive Chrome extension installation practices. The browser maker listed new rules yesterday that extension developers must follow, or face the possibility of having their extension removed from the official Chrome Web Store. From a report: These new rules come after last year Google banned the installation of Chrome extensions via third-party sites (called inline installs) and limited the installation process to users visiting the extension's official Chrome Web Store page only. But yesterday, Google announced plans to remove all Chrome extensions that abuse the following tactics to trick users towards pressing the 'Add to Chrome' button: 1. Extensions that lack a clear 'disclosure' that explains to users what they can expect by installing the Chrome extension. 2. Extensions that use misleading disclosures or explanations for the extension's purpose. 3. Hiding disclosure texts (extension's purpose) in large blocks of text, down the page, or using text and fonts that make the disclosure unreadable. 4. Using misleading interactive elements (such as buttons or forms) that trick the user into believing they're taking an action, but unknown to them, they are actually installing a Chrome extension.

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