Google announced new policies for Chrome extensions and changes to the Google Drive application programming interface, all part of Google’s Project Strobe initiative launched last year, TechCrunch reports. Extension developers will only be permitted to request access to the data needed to implement their feature. Google is also requiring extension developers that handle user-provided content and personal communication to post privacy policies. Changes to the Drive API include limiting third-party access, and apps that need broader access will need to be verified by Google. Additionally, new policies have been implemented in text-messaging and call-log permissions for Android apps, resulting in a 98% decrease in the number of apps with access to personal information, according to a recent Google blog post.
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