Google will stop using cookies to track every move you make on the web

Posted on Thursday, March 04 2021 @ 12:25 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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One of the big pieces of news of the day is that Google will stop tracking your web browsing behavior. It's not a big secret that Google, and many other advertising companies, try to track every move you make on the web to try to make as much money as possible.

In a new blog post, Google explains it's moving towards a privacy-first web. It's an industry-wide initiative, really. Mozilla has been working on phasing out support for third-party tracking cookies, Apple's Safari has similar features, and Chrome will stop support for these cookies in 2022.

Google has now clarified that when Chrome stops support for tracking cookies, it will not employ alternative user-level identifiers to track users as they navigate across the web.
People shouldn’t have to accept being tracked across the web in order to get the benefits of relevant advertising. And advertisers don't need to track individual consumers across the web to get the performance benefits of digital advertising.

Advances in aggregation, anonymization, on-device processing and other privacy-preserving technologies offer a clear path to replacing individual identifiers. In fact, our latest tests of FLoC show one way to effectively take third-party cookies out of the advertising equation and instead hide individuals within large crowds of people with common interests. Chrome intends to make FLoC-based cohorts available for public testing through origin trials with its next release this month, and we expect to begin testing FLoC-based cohorts with advertisers in Google Ads in Q2. Chrome also will offer the first iteration of new user controls in April and will expand on these controls in future releases, as more proposals reach the origin trial stage, and they receive more feedback from end users and the industry.

This points to a future where there is no need to sacrifice relevant advertising and monetization in order to deliver a private and secure experience.
Overall, it seems like a good thing for consumers as privacy on the web will increase. Google is confident technology has evolved so much that it no longer needs to track users individually to provide good results to advertisers. Basically, Google is already so big and dominant that it can rely on other methods to identify your interests and needs. This will likely come at the detriment of smaller competitors -- which will struggle to adapt their business models.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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