News hardware Finally fewer intrusive notifications thanks to Google Chrome
Google Chrome has already embarked on a fierce fight against notifications deemed unwanted by users. By collecting a lot of user data, the search engine wants to make your life easier, at least browsing, by automatically blocking certain notifications.
Google quietly changes Chrome source code
During your long hours of browsing the web, you have surely come across the many authorizations that your browser shows you to access notifications.
Even if Google Chrome lets you configure the appearance of notifications that you consider undesirable, you have to do it the old fashioned way, by selecting the sites you want to block by hand.
While quite a few websites ask you for permissions to show you notifications, some take advantage of this to spam users.
It is quite subtly that Google has changed its method of operation. In effect, it’s a small change in the source code of the browser that we learn that Chrome will be able to automatically filter notification permissions, but also, to block all subsequent requests. That is to say that the site judged as spam by Google will no longer be able to ask you for authorization at all, without you having control over it.
Source : 9to5Google
It’s through the website 9to5Google that we learn that this change of source code concerns only a minority of sites listed by Google as undesirable. So no need to worry about your notifications from your favorite websites, but now Google wants to have control over it even more.
The problems that this new Google Chrome feature could cause
While it is currently possible to block notifications manually in your Chrome browser settings, this functionality may gradually disappear in favor of this automation of the process.
Google, however, claims that the sites sending notifications deemed spam are only those that violate their software’s terms of service.
However, the information that remains the most vague to date remains on the blocking of cookie request notifications. Google wants to put an end to pop-ups that require you to accept cookies, especially those that simply prevent you from navigating the page.
If you have agreed to receive notifications from a site affected by this measure, you will simply no longer receive them. It is expected that Google will seek to improve this service so as not to penalize users and sites blacklisted by the American giant too much.