Chrome-ova specifikacija za ekstenzije, na snazi od januara 2022, narušava privatnost i bezbednost

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Gugl ponovo koristi dominantnu poziciju na tržištu kako bi pokušao da upravlja standardima na internetu. Od januara 2022. više neće biti moguće objaviti ekstenziju koja ne poštuje novu specifikaciju, tzv. Manifest V3. Deluje da se većina stručnjaka ne slaže sa izmenama, jer po svemu sudeći ne donose poboljšanja u performansama, ni u krajnjoj sigurnosti, zbog koje je stvar navodno i izmišljena. Umesto toga, nova specifikacija znatno će otežati implementaciju protokola koje koriste ekstenzije za sprečavanje praćenja po internetu, jer Manifestu još uvek nedostaju alternative postojećim sistemima. Da stvar bude još gora, čak je i Mozilla najavila da će poštovati ovaj napredak zbog „očuvanja kompatibilnosti”. Lagano dolazimo u situaciju da WebExtension „standard” standardizuje samo jedna organizacija.

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Manifest V3, or Mv3 for short, is outright harmful to privacy efforts. It will restrict the capabilities of web extensions—especially those that are designed to monitor, modify, and compute alongside the conversation your browser has with the websites you visit. Under the new specifications, extensions like these– like some privacy-protective tracker blockers– will have greatly reduced capabilities. Google’s efforts to limit that access is concerning, especially considering that Google has trackers installed on 75% of the top one million websites.

It’s also doubtful Mv3 will do much for security. Firefox maintains the largest extension market that’s not based on Chrome, and the company has said it will adopt Mv3 in the interest of cross-browser compatibility.

As for Chrome’s other justification for Mv3– performance– a 2020 study by researchers at Princeton and the University of Chicago revealed that privacy extensions, the very ones that will be hindered by Mv3, actually improve browser performance.

The development specifications of web browser extensions may seem in the weeds, but the broader implications should matter to all internet citizens: it’s another step towards Google defining how we get to live online.

Dodatni kontekst: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/12/googles-manifest-v3-still-hurts-privacy-security-innovation

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