GOOGLE HAS announced new measures designed to improve transparency for users of the Google Chrome Web Store.
The repository for Chrome extensions will require more stringent action from developers as a result, outlined in a blog post this weekend.
These terms will apply to developers who store such data locally, not just those using cloud databases and APIs.
A full list of policies has been released along with a FAQ to help developers make the changes. Formalising this process may not appeal to some less savvy back-bedroom developers who have never had to deal with complex legalese before.
"Protecting our users is our key priority, and we believe this change will make sure users are better informed and allow them to choose how their data is handled," said Teresita Perez and Athas Nikolakakos of Google's Chrome Policy Team.
The team intends to make developers who are not compliant aware as soon as they are discovered. All users have until 14 July to make the changes, after which any non-compliant apps will be suspended and won't be reinstated until the new terms are met.
The new rules make it clear that web browsing activity for ad targeting and monetisation are strictly forbidden. Oh, the irony. µ
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