Why Does rbutr Need to Access All My Data on All Websites?

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A user recently asked why they should allow rbutr to:

  • Access your data on all websites
  • Access your tabs and browsing activity

And I fully admit, when I saw those two phrases for the first time, my reaction was the same as yours probably was, “Woaahhh… access MY data? on ALL websites??”

The phrase is very confronting and not at all clear. What data exactly can we access? What does it mean? Just because we can access ‘your data’, does that mean we do? Why do we want to invade your privacy!!??!

Well of course we don’t. We have already briefly covered what information we use in our FAQ, but the warning still feels far more confronting than what we have said there, so I am writing this article to direct you to an independent third party to put your minds at ease. As stated in this Lifehacker article, Chrome warns you in this fashion simply because it doesn’t have a polite way of saying it, and because they don’t go in to detailed levels of privacy – they have a one size fits all approach, and if you want to do anything within that area, then you have to declare that you can access everything!

Or in their words:

Simply put, Chrome doesn’t offer any granularity with permissions requests—it’s an all-or-nothing approach for extension makers, and sometimes the broader permission requests are just easier to program for.

So in short, don’t let those two phrases put you off. We don’t actually look at anything other than the URL you are visiting, and even that we look at a hashed version until we verify that we actually know the URL. So you are safe using rbutr, and your privacy continues to be kept intact!



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