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MemberSeptember 14, 2021 at 9:31 am
A baker’s dozen of Chrome policies will be renamed to drop the terms “blacklist” and “whitelist” that refer to barred and allowed actions, respectively.
“Chrome will be moving to more inclusive policy names in Chrome 86,” Google noted in its enterprise release notes. “The terms ‘whitelist’ and ‘blacklist’ will be replaced with ‘allowlist’ and ‘blocklist.'”
Thirteen policies – including URLBlacklist and ExtensionInstallWhitelist – will be introduced in Chrome 86, set to release Oct. 6, in renamed forms, such as URLBlocklist and ExtensionInstallAllowlist.
Discussions of technology terminology – “master” and “slave” regarding device communication is among the examples – have percolated for years. But this year’s protests over racism, inequalities and police killings of African Americans prompted calls for other changes from the likes of Apple and Microsoft, as well as Google.
In Apple’s style guide for developers, for example, under the blacklist/whitelist, the entry stated: “Don’t use. Instead, use an alternative that’s appropriate to the context, such as deny list/allow list or unapproved list/approved list.