A Google Chrome extension is a slap in the face for Facebook.
By Eric Doyle, 22 Oct 2010 at 14:44
As a lover of Facebook
but a supporter of privacy, developer Brian Kennish has devised a Facebook application claiming to block information to and from third-party advertisers.
Kennish, a developer at Google
, decided to develop a program to counter Facebook Connect’s ability to follow users as they browse registered sites
on the web. It also suppresses the “Connect via Facebook” sidebar.
As a member of the Chrome team, his application is an extension for the Google browser. He therefore felt it necessary to make it clear on his download site that he developed the utility as a private individual and that it had nothing to do with any Google initiative.
He had been keeping his head down since he launched Disconnect. “Thanks, but I wouldn’t be a very good interview right now. Here’s an algorithm to simulate: No comment,” was his only response on Twitter.
On his blog he elaborated: “I’ll have more to say about the making of and response to the Facebook Disconnect extension later.”
Kennish claimed Facebook Connect had a history of leaking personally identifiable information
and Facebook Disconnect blocked this traffic from the third-party sites to Facebook servers.