Earlier this year, Google introduced a “quieter notification” experience for Chrome, which reduces notification interference on the desktop and mobile. Google today announced the expansion of the notification’s capabilities to prevent websites from sending abusive notifications to users. The feature will take effect in the July 14 release of Chrome 84 Stable.
This means that Chrome 84 can help users block notifications involving abuse, misdirection, and more while providing quieter notifications. Chrome’s Web Platform Project Manager PJ McLachlan explained in a blog post
Permission request questions are requests that mislead, spoof, or force a user to allow notifications. One example is requiring users to allow notifications to gain access to site content, or to have misleading advance notices before access.
Notification questions include false information similar to chat messages, warnings, or system dialog boxes. They also include phishing attacks, abusive policies that attempt to steal or trick users into sharing personal information, and malware notifications that promote or link to malware.
The new tool is limited to new abuse notifications and does not protect users who already have notification rights for websites that are allowed to abuse notifications. However, Google has promised to increase such protections in the future. Owners of sites with abusive notification rights will receive an email 30 days before the system is implemented, giving them time to improve the user’s website experience. Google has also issued a guide to fix these abuse tips and submit them to the site for review after addressing them.