Google engineer develops Facebook Disconnect

By on October 21, 2010, 4:15 PM
Google engineer Brian Kennish has developed Facebook Disconnect, a Google Chrome extension that removes all Facebook Connect functionality and all traffic from third party sites to Facebook servers, in a single day. It all started with a message on his Twitter account (via DownloadSquad): "After more privacy bad news, I wrote a Chrome extension to stop Facebook from following you around the web."

The extension reportedly prevents data being sent back to Facebook across the one million sites that already use the Facebook Connect service. "Facebook is notified whenever you visit one of the more than one million sites on the web that use Facebook Connect and has a history of leaking personally identifiable information to third parties," the description of the extension explains. "Turn off the flow of your data to them! Facebook Disconnect blocks all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers, yet you’ll still be able to access Facebook itself."

Kennish claims he created the extension instead of deleting his Facebook account and was not asked to do so by either Google or Facebook. Of course, he's employed by Google, which is trying very hard to compete with Facebook, but denies it. We believe he wasn't ordered to create the extension, but somehow we doubt his current employer is annoyed with his initiative.





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Guest said:

Sweet. Now if only someone could do this for all the other web browsers...

Emin3nce said:

Yeah, Firefox plx.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

Dear Google,

Brian deserves a raise. I don't care how you do it, but I do mean a raise. No "creative" awards that corporations give when they want to commend an employee without spending much money.

Sincerely,

Someone who is using your browser more now

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I wish to bare Brian's children.

vangrat said:

mattfrompa said:

Dear Google,

Brian deserves a raise. I don't care how you do it, but I do mean a raise. No "creative" awards that corporations give when they want to commend an employee without spending much money.

Sincerely,

Someone who is using your browser more now

I +1 this comment, and because of this one single fact am going home today and downling chrome.

Give this man a raise, like a whole friggin digit at least.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

Guest said:

Sweet. Now if only someone could do this for all the other web browsers...

Good point. There should be some kind of xhtml-linking software that works for all browsers.

Guest said:

Re The contributor (presumably female) who wants to 'bare' Brian's children. I think that she means 'bear' Brian's children. If Brian already has children, I'm sure that they have no wish to be 'bare' especially as Winter approaches.

Guest said:

I wonder if he developed this during the 8 hours a week I heard developers get to do whatever they want at google.

Route44 Route44, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

I wish to bare Brian's children.

LOL! red you got me belly laughing in the morning.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I will now download Chrome Thank god someone came up with an extension for this.

gobbybobby said:

ironic how 18 people like this!

mosu said:

how can I get it?

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Emil said:

Emin3nce said:

Yeah, Firefox plx.

http://webgraph.com/resources/facebookblocker/

Ha ha...poor IE. Left out of the list, lol. If only I could get my parents to let go of IE...

Guest said:

Now we just need one for Google Analytics

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