Google and Firefox have pulled the Stylish App from their add-on stores after reports that the app was recording consumers’ browser histories and then selling sending that info to remote servers.

Chris Olson, CEO at The Media Trust:

Chris Olson“Google and Mozilla’s decision to remove the Stylish browser extension from their respective add-on stores will no doubt have far-reaching impact. It sends out a clear message that they want to be good digital citizens and to set better standards for how companies deal with consumers’ personal data. Companies should take heed of growing consumer wariness with breaches and data leakage and stay compliant with a growing number of consumer privacy laws like the EU’s GDPR, Canada’s PIPEDA, California’s recently passed bill, which restrict what data companies can collect, what they can do with the data, and whom they can share it with. Many such leaks are linked to third parties that either have weak security measures or are knowingly engaging in unauthorized activities. To succeed in this environment, companies will need to put together a robust digital vendor risk management program that will enable them to pay close attention to their direct and indirect digital third parties’ activities, ensure they align with policies, and terminate them when they don’t.”

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