The latest Safari update permanently disables the framework uBlock Origin (and, incidentally, 1Password version 6 and lower) relies on. There will no longer be a uBlock version for Safari.

A while ago, someone on Twitter raised the point that users are rightfully gunshy about software updates because developers often use them to make unilateral and unwelcome changes. The question "did your users meaningfully consent to this change" goes unasked, let alone unanswered.

I want better.

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"Meaningful consent" implies more than a clause in the user agreement that says "we can update this at any time." It requires engagement with the userbase at large - and thus guarantees conflict, and compromise.

Maybe Apple would still have disabled this framework. Maybe not. What I do know, with high confidence, is that they didn't ask anyone outside the company if it was okay to do so, or explain what it would mean.

@owen Confirming that the update description was super generic and did not mention negative consequences for the users.

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