We're expanding mote's support for more and more sites and applications, in response to user demand.
Because our original scope of site permissions just covered 'docs.google.com' and 'classroom.google.com,' we now need to ask users for additional permissions to integrate mote into more websites.
We've been using the motepad feature to help inform our investment in support for more sites, and it became clear that many of you were eager to use mote with Gmail, so we have started there.
In the coming weeks and months, our goal is to continue to extend mote's support for more applications and sites. We didn't want to have to continually ask users for additional permissions every time, so instead you're seeing this rather 'sweeping' request to 'read and change all your data on the websites you visit.'
If that request sounds a little scary...well that's the intended response. Your web browser provider is trying to remind you that browser extensions are powerful and that you should only install extensions from publishers you trust. If you want to understand more about our commitments to your data privacy and security, please check out our privacy center.
Why make this an 'optional' permission, rather than a required permission?
Great question! Two reasons:
1. We didn't want to disrupt all of our users by forcing you to reauthorize mote when the new version lands. This is what would have happened if we had required the additional permissions. From experience, we know that this can cause a lot of confusion for users.
2. When an app has a broad set of required permissions, Google's process of extension review can take meaningfully longer. We really value the ability to continually update and improve our extension, and by making the broader permissions optional, we believe we can continue to enjoy a relatively quick review process.