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Google yanks Chrome add-on that scraped data from 1.2 million users

Gregg Keizer | April 10, 2015
Webpage Screenshot gets the hook; developer denies 'private data' was sent to his server.

Google removed Webpage Screenshot from the Chrome Web Store on Tuesday.

Just last week Google announced it had disabled nearly 200 "deceptive Chrome extensions" that had been distributed to more than 14 million users via its add-on market, part of an effort to clean up its own ecosystem. At the time, Google claimed that it had adopted technology created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, "to catch these extensions [and] scan all new and updated extensions."

 

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