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Old 05-07-18, 02:18
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This report is from Bleeping Computer:

Chrome and Firefox Pull Stylish Add-On After Report It Logged Browser History
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Google and Mozilla have removed the Stylish browser extension from their respective add-on stores after the publication of a report this week that accused the extension of logging users' browser histories and sending the data to remote servers.

"We decided to block [Stylish] because of violation of data practices outlined in the review policy," said Mozilla software engineer Andreas Wagner in a bug report opened earlier this week.

The Stylush Firefox add-on page has been removed, while Mozilla plans to disable the extension in users' browsers and show a message explaining its decision.

Google did not give out any explanation, but the Stylish Chrome Web Store page now returns a 404 error.
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The Register has a report about this too:

Chrome, Firefox pull invasive browser extension • The Register
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'Stylish' add-on made sites look pretty, but did ugly data slurpage

Firefox and Chrome have removed a browser extension from their stores following revelations it was phoning home with users' web-surfing histories.

The "Stylish" plug-in gained popularity because it let users configure sites' appearance, rather than accepting the designers' decisions.

However – stop us if you've heard this one before – the code changed hands last year and the new owners expanded its data slurping activities.
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Another report, this time from Sophos' Naked Security:

Chrome and Firefox pull history-stealing browser extension – Naked Security
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One minute that favourite browser plug-in is your friend, the next it’s quietly turned into a privacy “Chernobyl” that’s profiling your browsing in the most intimate way possible.

Browser makers should be on top of this phenomenon and yet, here we are reporting on the latest example, this time spotted by software engineer Robert Heaton.

He’d been using a Chrome and Firefox extension called Stylish for years to re-skin websites and hide their “distracting parts” such as Facebook and Twitter feeds. (Safari and Opera versions are also available.)
I don't know about the Safari version of this extension, but you'll get a 404 error if you try to find the Opera version.
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From ZDNet:

Use this popular Chrome, Firefox browser add-on? Google, Mozilla just banished it | ZDNet
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The 'Stylish' extension has been removed after collecting users web-usage histories for over a year.

Google and Mozilla have ejected the popular Stylish extension from their respective catalogs following a complaint that it collects data about website visits in a way that could be used to identify users.

The browser extension, which has about two million users, became a hit because it lets users put their own overlay on websites and hide features they don't want to see.
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