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Google removed two Chrome browser extensions from its web store after it was discovered the software included code that served people ads in a way that violated the company’s terms of service.Two Chrome Extensions Removed By Google Over Ad Serving Breaking The Company's Terms [blogs.wsj.com]
People who install extensions might not be aware that the software can be silently updated to include code that serves ads or reports back browsing habits. Google doesn’t review changes to the code of Chrome extensions, and Chrome allows extensions to be updated and pushed to users’ computers automatically.
There is nothing improper about developers accepting payment for putting ad code into extensions. But the code must adhere to Google’s terms, and users generally get incensed when they find themselves exposed to ads from an unknown source.