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Study ranks the privacy of major browsers. Here are the findings

Upstart Brave browser gets the highest ratings. Chrome, Firefox and Safari fall between.

Microsoft Edge received the lowest privacy rating in a recently published study that compared the user information collected by major browsers. Yandex, the less-popular browser developed by the Russian Web search provider Yandex, shared that dubious distinction. Brave, the upstart browser that makes privacy a priority, ranked the highest.

Source: Study ranks the privacy of major browsers. Here are the findings | Ars Technica

Brave files GDPR complaint against Google 

Brave has filed a GDPR complaint v Google for infringing the GDPR “purpose limitation” principle. Enforcement would be tantamount to a functional separation of Google’s business.

The purpose limitation principle requires that organizations must scrupulously ring fence data for specific purposes. These purposes must be made clear, and be very specific. However, Google’s purposes are so vaguely defined as to have no meaning or limit. The result is an internal data free-for-all that infringes the GDPR’s purpose limitation principle.

Source: Formal GDPR complaint against Google’s internal data free-for-all

Google Chrome 82 to Enhance Privacy via New Cookie Settings

Google is making progress on expanding the control users have over cookies in the Chrome browser with a new flag in Canary that enables an improved interface with more buttons and information.

The new Cookies user interface in Canary for Android shows four controls instead of just two currently available in the stable version of the browser. One option can prevent websites from reading and saving cookie data when browsing in incognito mode. The other option allows you to block all cookies.

Source: Google Chrome 82 to Enhance Privacy via New Cookie Settings

Brave to generate random browser fingerprints to preserve user privacy

“Brave’s new approach aims to make every browser look completely unique, both between websites and between browsing sessions.”

The Brave browser is working on a feature that will randomize its “fingerprint” every time a user visits a website in an attempt to preserve the user’s privacy. Brave’s decision comes as online advertisers and analytics firms are moving away from tracking users via cookies to using fingerprints.

Source: Brave to generate random browser fingerprints to preserve user privacy | ZDNet

GDPR Subverted by Cookie Consent Tools

New study suggests that many websites are navigating around GDPR by tailoring the design of their cookie consent tools and using dark patterns to provide a misleading veneer of a consent agreement.

According to the researchers, the study illustrates “the extent to which illegal practices prevail, with vendors of CMPs turning a blind eye to — or worse, incentivising — clearly illegal configurations of their systems.”

Source: GDPR Subverted by Cookie Consent Tools, Study Reveals – CPO Magazine

Firefox browser will block the IAB’s DigiTrust universal ID

Mozilla is set to block the DigiTrust consortium from tracking users in its Firefox browser.

Mozilla intends to block the DigiTrust consortium from tracking users in its Firefox browser, a blow for the IAB-led effort to create a standardized online user ID that’s designed to reduce the online ad industry’s reliance on third-party cookies.

Source: Firefox browser will block the IAB’s DigiTrust universal ID – Digiday

Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

Inventor of web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global action plan to save the web from political manipulation, fake news, privacy violations and other malign forces that threaten to plunge the world into a “digital dystopia”.

The Contract for the Web requires endorsing governments, companies and individuals to make concrete commitments to protect the web from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity.

Source: Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web | Technology | The Guardian

DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers

All six major browser vendors have plans to support DNS-over-HTTPS (or DoH), a protocol that encrypts DNS traffic and helps improve a user’s privacy on the web.

The DoH protocol has been one of the year’s hot topics. It’s a protocol that, when deployed inside a browser, it allows the browser to hide DNS requests and responses inside regular-looking HTTPS traffic.

Source: DNS-over-HTTPS will eventually roll out in all major browsers, despite ISP opposition | ZDNet

Google ‘protecting ad revenue’ by blocking privacy standards

Google has voted against measures aimed at preserving web users’ privacy in what would have been an expansion of the powers of the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) privacy wing.

The proposals, which 24 other voting members supported unanimously, involved handing the Privacy Interest Group (PING) the capacity to block any development projects that it felt undermined user privacy.

Alphabet Inc was the only member in the W3C working group that voted against the proposed charter, effectively vetoing the plans and kicking them back into development.

Source: Google ‘protecting ad revenue’ by blocking privacy standards | IT PRO

Web feature developers need to pay more attention to privacy and security

Web feature developers are being warned to step up attention to privacy and security as they design contributions.

Writing in a blog post about “evolving threats” to Internet users’ privacy and security, the W3C standards body’s technical architecture group (TAG) and Privacy Interest Group (PING) set out a series of revisions to the W3C’s Security and Privacy Questionnaire for web feature developers.

Full article: Web feature developers told to dial up attention on privacy and security | TechCrunch

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