DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi will block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi will block Google’s FLoC

Basically, Google’s FLoC replaces third-party cookies by grouping Chrome users based on their interests and demographics.Google claims it’s a better alternative to third-party cookies, but privacy advocates disagree — and so does DuckDuckGo, Brave, and Vivaldi.

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

Google launched FLoC less than two weeks ago, and DuckDuckGo is already planning to block it in the DuckDuckGo search engine and Chrome browser extension.Chrome users will be opted out of FLoC when they use the DuckDuckGo search engine regardless of whether they have the browser extension installed.

DuckDuckGo reveals how you can block Google's new method of tracking Chrome users

DuckDuckGo reveals how you can block Google's new method of tracking Chrome users

Privacy-first search engine DuckDuckGo on Friday posted a blog that discussed Google's new data tracking system called Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC).FLoC replaces the use of cookies to track users and feed them ads and other targeted content.

Am I FLoCed?

Am I FLoCed?

Google is running a Chrome "origin trial" to test out an experimental new tracking feature called Federated Learning of Cohorts (aka "FLoC").FLoC exists because Google acknowledges the privacy harms of third-party cookies, but insists on continuing to let advertisers target you based on how you browse the web.

DuckDuckGo promises to block Google’s latest ad-tracking tech — if Google allows it

DuckDuckGo promises to block Google’s latest ad-tracking tech — if Google allows it

Google is just starting to test its replacement for third-party cookies, but DuckDuckGo is already announcing that it wants to block that tech with its Chrome extension.

Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

In a blog post on Tuesday, the privacy-focused search biz explains that the much discussed plan by Google to eliminate third-party cookies in Chrome by the end of 2022, and related restrictions already implemented in browsers like Brave, Firefox, and Safari, will have a limited effect on marketers' online tracking efforts.

If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

Most of us use web browsers out of habit.That’s generally better than what most mainstream browsers, especially Chrome, do.While some browsers like Safari and Firefox also include tracking prevention, the smaller brands have been focused on even more privacy protections.

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Google and the Age of Privacy Theater

Other browsers, including Safari and Firefox, already block third-party trackers, but given that Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, by far, with a market share in the 60-something percent range, the news was widely billed as a big step toward the end of letting companies target ads by tracking people around the internet.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 19, 2021

A lawsuit filed in June alleges Google actively violates privacy laws by continuing to “intercept, track and collect communications” even when people use Chrome’s Incognito Mode.Privacy and security company “pCloud” compiled data on which popular apps share the most personal information, based on Apple’s new privacy labels.

Google Brings Live Captioning to Google Chrome

Google Brings Live Captioning to Google Chrome

A new Chrome feature called Live Caption leverages machine learning to bring captions to content across platforms on the web.“When enabled, Live Caption on Chrome uses machine learning to caption video and audio content on your browser.

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

Google accused of tracking users in 'Incognito' mode, lawsuit pending

San Francisco - In a significant ruling, a judge in the US has directed Google to face a class-action lawsuit seeking $5 billion, that claimed the tech giant is tracking and collecting data even when people use the private 'Incognito' mode on its Chrome browser.

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

“The only way to counter Big Tech with its bad habit of collecting personal data is to develop a robust, independent, and privacy-preserving search engine that delivers the quality users have come to expect.

Google says it won't use new ways of tracking you as it phases out browser cookies for ads

Google says it won't use new ways of tracking you as it phases out browser cookies for ads

Google on Wednesday clarified its plans for targeted advertising, promising not to use other ways to "track" users around the internet after it ends support for cookies in Chrome by early 2022.The company said in a blog post it will only use "privacy-preserving technologies" that rely on methods like anonymization or aggregation of data.

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google declares progress in controversial plans to replace cookies in Chrome

Google says it has made progress on its so-called Privacy Sandbox plans to remove third-party cookies from its Chrome browser amid concerns about the browser's market dominance and privacy protections.

Google will no longer allow its account-based sync services on third party Chromium browsers

Google will no longer allow its account-based sync services on third party Chromium browsers

Google will block access to its account-based syncing services for third party web browsers built on Chromium starting on March 15th, 2021.In it, Google Chrome Engineering Director Jochen Eisinger stated that the decision to limit API access was made following a recent audit of third party web browsers powered by Chromium.

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Each Chrome extension has to reveal which data it collects and how it processes it from 2021 onward

Starting January 2021, each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language.

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

While cookies are typically used to identify you and store some of your online preferences when visiting websites, site data is on another level: it includes, among other things, a storage database in which a site can store personal information about you, on your computer, that can be accessed again by the site the next time you visit.

Chrome exempts Google sites from user site data settings

Chrome exempts Google sites from user site data settings

Support this blog: Link Unshortener, StopTheMadness, Underpass, PayPal. In Google Chrome's "Cookies and site data" settings, accessible via the Preferences menu item or directly with.Chrome respects the "Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome" setting for but not entirely for .

Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

Microsoft will adopt Google Chrome's controversial Manifest V3 in Edge

The Web Request API will still be available and still be able to provide information about all network requests fired by the browser … as opposed to what those announcements state, the deprecation of the blocking ability of the webRequest API accomplishes nothing privacy-wise for content blockers since they will *still* require broad hosts permissions.".

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

Feds may target Google’s Chrome browser for breakup

The browser, which Google introduced in 2008 and has the largest market share in the U.S., has been at the center of rivals’ accusations that the search giant uses its access to users’ web histories to aid its advertising business.

School-Issued Chromebooks and Privacy

School-Issued Chromebooks and Privacy

If I get issued a Chromebook and use it at home, can the school/Google see other devices and network traffic?

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 4, 2020

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: September 4, 2020

It’d be like removing Google Chrome because it can be used to access hate speech on the internet.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

A grim outlook on the future of browser add-ons

A grim outlook on the future of browser add-ons

As to the decision about what to replace it with, I’m still not convinced that Mozilla made a good choice when they decided to copy Chrome’s extension APIs. While this made development of cross-browser extensions easier, it also limited Firefox extensions to the functionality supported by Chrome.

ThreatSpike Blog: Zoom still don't understand GDPR

ThreatSpike Blog: Zoom still don't understand GDPR

During the last month, Threatspike EDR detected the widely used Zoom Windows client accessing the Google Chrome cookie file during the uninstall process.The file is seen accessing the user's Chrome Cookies file and reading parts of the file that do not contain Zoom related information.

Google is fixing this key feature on Chrome because of a security ‘risk’

Google is fixing this key feature on Chrome because of a security ‘risk’

“These ‘mixed forms’…are a risk to users’ security and privacy,” Google said, adding that “Information submitted on these forms can be visible to eavesdroppers, allowing malicious parties to read or change sensitive form data.”.

Web by Google (TM)

Web by Google (TM)

But Google doesn’t even need Chrome to dictate standards since it controls the Web’s front door.I think it’s safe to say that Google’s AdWords is the dominant advertising platform on the open Web, which means it holds a commanding position in the Web’s finances.

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

Google accused of recording Chrome users’ personal data regardless of user consent

A new class-action lawsuit filed by Patrick Calhoun and others claims that the Chrome browser sends user’s personal information such as IP addresses, cookie identifiers, and browsing history to Google without users’ consent and against Google’s promises that the information will not be sent.

Google introduces new default auto-delete settings for location and YouTube history.

Google introduces new default auto-delete settings for location and YouTube history.

Indeed, incognito mode has been baked into Chrome 's browser for over a decade, but the company added it to YouTube in 2018, followed by Google Maps a year later, allowing users to temporarily stop their search activities from being saved to their Google Account.

Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google's Chrome shows new security weakness

Exclusive: Massive spying on users of Google's Chrome shows new security weakness

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.

Guide: Automatically turn Youtube to Invidious, and Twitter to Nitter in Firefox and Chrome

Guide: Automatically turn Youtube to Invidious, and Twitter to Nitter in Firefox and Chrome

Guide: Automatically turn Youtube to Invidious, and Twitter to Nitter in Firefox and Chrome.This means if you click or type a Youtube link, it will automatically be directed to Invidious.Or if you click or type a Twitter page, it will automatically be directed to Nitter.

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