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Google's controversial cookie replacement enters testing — here's how to opt out

Google's controversial cookie replacement enters testing — here's how to opt out

Google's Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) is a part of its Privacy Sandbox, a new suite of tools aiming to replace and improve upon the conventional third-party cookie tracking that enables modern advertising on the web. The company has been working on it for more than a year, and this week it's set to start using the system on a small portion of Chrome users in the United States and other countries.

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Google doubles down on its commitment to get rid of targeted tracking in Chrome

Google doubles down on its commitment to get rid of targeted tracking in Chrome

Google's Privacy Sandbox is a program that aims to phase out third-party cookies in Chrome entirely over the next year, making the web a more secure and private place without completely destroying the way that targeted advertising works. And, you know, wrecking the business model for most of the web's free content, including the words you're reading now.

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Firefox now supports multiple PiP windows and improved cookie protection

Firefox now supports multiple PiP windows and improved cookie protection

Mozilla's Firefox is among the most popular desktop browsers out there and it offers good privacy protection — its last update cracked down on supercookies. In a bid to further improve in this area, Firefox 86 is introducing a new measure called Total Cookie Protection (TCP) which will be available for both desktop and Android clients.

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Google releases Chrome 87 with new PDF viewer, system font access for web apps, and more (APK Download)

Google releases Chrome 87 with new PDF viewer, system font access for web apps, and more (APK Download)

Chrome 86 was a fairly massive update, with support for the Native File System API, various interface improvements, and new experiments to try out. Almost exactly one month later, Chrome 87 is starting to roll out to desktop and mobile platforms. There are more than a few exciting changes in store, so let's dive in!

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Chrome exempts Google sites from user data settings — but supposedly it's just a bug

Chrome exempts Google sites from user data settings — but supposedly it's just a bug

Earlier this month, software developer Jeff Johnson wrote about a strange issue he'd discovered that allowed Chrome to keep certain data stored from Google sites like YouTube and Search even after it was supposed to be deleted. This isn't a good look from Google, especially in light of recent events — but the company has responded with an explanation.

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Firefox 82 for Android adds recently-closed tabs list and periodically purges cookies

Firefox 82 for Android adds recently-closed tabs list and periodically purges cookies

Mozilla rolled out the new Firefox for Android to everyone two months ago, and while it was missing many features compared to the older version at first, the app is slowly improving. Firefox 82 has just reached Release Candidate status (meaning it's close to release), and the update includes an easier way to get your closed tabs back.

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Chrome dials back cookie privacy changes to keep sites accessible during coronavirus outbreak

Chrome dials back cookie privacy changes to keep sites accessible during coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak, and the resulting changes to many peoples' schedules, has led to everything from movies to retail sales being delayed. Chrome's release schedule has already been disrupted, but now Google is rolling back a recent change to how the browser handles cookies, so all websites will continue to function as they do now.

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Google wants to create new 'Privacy Sandbox' standards for online advertising and browsers (Update: Proposed timeline)

Google wants to create new 'Privacy Sandbox' standards for online advertising and browsers (Update: Proposed timeline)

There's a very delicate balance when it comes to targeted advertising and violating user privacy — some folks even think it isn't possible to have both at all — but Google would like to establish a new set of standards for browsers that can allow the former without too much concern about the latter. The company is calling this initiative "Privacy Sandbox," and the company hopes it might help prevent privacy-violating workarounds like so-called "fingerprinting."

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Firefox steps up privacy protections, now blocks tracking cookies by default

Firefox steps up privacy protections, now blocks tracking cookies by default

It's open season on email hackers, tracking cookies and Facebook shadow profiling as our favorite open-source software makers at Mozilla have released a series of updates for its Firefox web browser, Firefox Monitor service, and its Facebook Container, as well as rounding out a series of mobile password managers with a new extension called Firefox Lockwise.

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Opera Browser Beta can now block those annoying cookie dialogs [APK Download]

Opera Browser Beta can now block those annoying cookie dialogs [APK Download]

When browsing the web these days, it's common to see a big banner or dialog asking for cookie consent every time you visit a site. Thanks to GDPR, this is now a legal requirement in the EU, so you'll encounter it multiple times a day. Opera Browser Beta is offering you chance to get rid of them.

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