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Colloquium - Martin

Beyond the Welcome Mat: The Privacy Implications of Web Browser Extensions
University of Denver

Computer users are spending more time with their Web browsers, due to both improved browser technology and industry efforts to provide first-class support through Web interfaces. Users are therefore motivated to customize and otherwise improve their Web browser experiences through third-party browser extensions; at the same time, these desired extensions are able to monitor and report on users' behavior within their primary Internet interface. In this talk we discuss the privacy practices of some common Internet Explorer extensions. We find examples of both very good and very bad practices and recommend strategies for respecting privacy in this sensitive area.

This research is a project of the University of Denver Privacy Center. Collaborating with the Privacy Foundation, the Privacy Center addresses electronic privacy topics from technical, legal, business, and social perspectives. Joint work with Richard M. Smith, Michael Brittain, Ivan Fetch, and Hailin Wu.

Hosted by Dirk Grunwald.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the talk in ECOT 831.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)