Google will more effectively block abusive notifications from “disruptive” sites in Chrome, even if you’ve allowed them. A way to enhance browser security and catch up on your missed clicks.
Many websites ask you to allow notifications to be sent to your browser to notify you of the publication of a new article, for example; that’s what we do at Frandroid. But some sites use this feature available on many browsers for spam. As reported 9to5Google, Google is trying to reduce the number of notifications users receive on Chrome. To do this, he would like to block the sites he finds ” disruptive » to send you notifications, even if you have authorized them to do so.
A code change observed in Chrome
It is through a change in the code of Chrome that we learn that the browser “will soon be able to automatically revoke a website’s permission to send notifications and block any future attempts to request permission “.
This means that if you have allowed a site to send you notifications, even unintentionally, Chrome will be able to block notifications from being sent. If today the browser leaves you the choice for all sites (but reminds you each time that these can be intrusive), this could no longer be the case in the future.
9to5Googlespecifies that “this shouldn’t affect the overwhelming majority of websites that send notifications through Chrome today, only those that Google has deemed “disruptive”“. A function which is in development and which will not be deployed for several months.
Google picks who’s disruptive and who’s not, which could be a problem
What is tricky here is the indicative nature of Google on which site is “disruptiveand who isn’t. With Chrome, the company already blocks some sites by default with its Safe Browsing feature, although you can turn it off in Settings.
Google justifies itself, however, by stating that these spam notifications violate the rules dictated in the user conditions of its API service. These prohibit the use of Google APIs to send any form of spam. But9to5Googlehas an eye and explains that notifications in Chrome do not go through a Google API, “but by an open web standard that most browsers have supported for almost a decade“.
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