Closed Bug 1616735 Opened 7 months ago Closed 7 months ago

Extension Block Request: Ratings Preview for YouTube™

Categories

(Toolkit :: Blocklist Policy Requests, task)

task
Not set
normal

Tracking

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RESOLVED FIXED

People

(Reporter: jscher2000, Assigned: TheOne)

Details

Extension name Ratings Preview for YouTube™
Extension versions affected 6.1.5
Platforms affected <all platforms>
Block severity hard

Reason

Version 6.1.5 introduced two questionable features that were not present in 6.1 (there was a change of owner):

(A) Search hijack (reviews complain about this)

background.js:545-573

Listens for webRequest with q=value in URL.searchParams and redirects to securedwebsearch.com.

There is no opt-in/opt-out for this behavior. It is not disclosed on the AMO listing AFAICT.

(B) Google Analytics without Privacy Policy on AMO

background.js:515-542

POSTs a pageview to Google Analytics at startup. This is not disclosed on the AMO listing AFAICT.

Extension IDs

jid0-G6461UajDjhNAwSukoedlkhD0XA@jetpack

Additional Information

I don't know whether a hard block is warranted, but unavoidable search hijacking seems to meet the criteria.

Thank you for the report!

Assignee: nobody → awagner
Status: UNCONFIRMED → ASSIGNED
Ever confirmed: true

This add-on violates Mozilla’s add-on policies by overriding search behavior without user consent or control and by collecting ancillary user data against our policies.

The block has been staged. Mark, can you review and push?

Flags: needinfo?(mgoodwin)
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Closed: 7 months ago
Flags: needinfo?(mgoodwin)
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Group: blocklist-requests
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