AdNauseam, Google, and the Myth of the "Acceptable Ad" : (on 'Freedom To Tinker: research and expert commentary on digital technologies in public life')

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Original languageEnglish
Short descriptionInvited short article in an online journal
Media of outputonline article
PublisherCenter for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2017


Whether or not you are a fan of AdNauseam’s strategy, it is disconcerting to know that Google can quietly make one’s extensions and data disappear at any moment, without so much as a warning. Today it is a privacy tool that is disabled, but tomorrow it could be your photo album, chat app, or password manager. You don’t just lose the app, you lose your stored data as well: photos, chat transcripts, passwords, etc. For developers, who, incidentally, must pay a fee to post items in the Chrome store, this should cause one to think twice. Not only can your software be banned and removed without warning, with thousands of users left in the lurch, but all comments, ratings, reviews, and statistics are deleted as well.

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