Next year, some Google Chrome advertising blockers might stop working

Next year, some Google Chrome advertising blockers might stop working ...

The developer of a Google Chrome ad blocker extension has admitted that their latest release does not have much value, as several key features have to be removed.

Raymond Hill, the creators of the popular uBlock Origin Chrome extension, made the comment in his commit of the new version on GitHub (opens in a new tab) in reference to Google''s forthcoming move to its Manifest v3 (MV3) API.

Hill accused the move to prohibit "large read/modify data permissions from Chrome developers under the MV3 as the deciding factor in the development of the new extension, recommending that users continue to use the MV2 extension if they want to benefit from the current uBlock Origin range.

Google Chrome''''s new API changes

The new MV3 API, which is currently being developed since 2018, is intended to protect users'' privacy and security, as well as improving material performance.

Some Chromium-based privacy and ad blocking tools may be a good move in this direction, but Chrome users may find privacy tools harder to find and to use in the future. Instead, they may look to VPN services and the best VPN routers to be safe online, or simply another web browser.

Google has already prohibited the creation of new MV2 extensions since January, but by January 2023, developers will be forced to disable those extensions on the old API, and they will cease to operate entirely on consumer browsers.

From the beginning, users of a Google Chrome extension may encounter more informational pop-ups on websites they ask them to accept cookies before being allowed to continue browsing, and be redirected away from websites without asking more often.

As a result, it is unclear if Chrome versions of ad blockers and privacy tools will have a major impact in the next year.

Via The Register (opens in a new tab)