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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)

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

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]

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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[Nom Nom No] Chrome Beta Now Lets You Disable Third-Party Cookies While Still Allowing First-Party Ones

Tucked inside yesterday's Chrome Beta update to v41 was a handy new feature for privacy-minded users and everyone who likes to practice safe web browsing. Although we updated the post with the feature, we thought it better to highlight it again in a separate article.

If you head to Chrome Beta's Settings, under Site Settings, you'll find that the Cookies option has been switched from one check box to become its own subset of options. You can still completely allow or disallow sites to save and read cookie data, but you can also disable only third-party cookies as a separate option. This should give you more granular control over which cookies can track your online browsing behavior.

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Verizon Is Still Using 'Supercookies' To Track Your Browsing Whether You Like It Or Not

If you are using data as a Verizon Wireless customer, Verizon is tracking you. Not only that, but their method to ensure that you can't navigate around it makes your unique identifier visible to every website you visit. The injected data has been called a "supercookie," a term that reflects the fact that it is not removable like a tracking cookie. Now, recent reports show that at least one third-party ad agency has been using Verizon's supercookie to track users after they have deleted cookies or opted out of data collection.

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Technically speaking, what Verizon is using is not a cookie or supercookie or any kind of baked good.

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Here's How To Enable The New Google Maps Web Interface (Even Without An Invite) [Update]

If you're eager to test out Google's shiny new Maps interface on the web, but aren't so eager to wait for Google to invite you into their tender fullscreen embrace, then Android Police reader William Pickering has a trick to show you. All you need is Chrome (or another browser with the ability to manually set cookies), a free extension, and about a minute of time.

Step one: install a web cookie editor extension (like this one) from the Chrome Web Store.

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Step two: head to Ignore the "get the new Google Maps" message, and click the button for your new extension instead.

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