Data Security

Google plans measures to block the use of third-party cookies

Google has announced its plan to limit the number of advertising third-party cookies on websites visited through Chrome as a privacy and data protection measure for users.

The technology company announced this move
following the publication of a report suggesting that many of the cookie
consent pop-ups could incur violations of existing privacy laws in the European
Union due to their lack of transparency when informing the user about data
collection policies.

On his blog, Justin Schuh, Chrome engineering director, mentioned: “Users deserve all the transparency possible, greater privacy and data protection, as well as the ability to set controls on the use that companies make of their data personal; it’s obvious that web ecosystems need to evolve to meet this demand.”

Other companies, such as Apple, Mozilla and
Microsoft have also implemented measures against the use of third-party
cookies, which track users from one site to another to collect information
about their web browsing habits. It is important to note that, even with these
measures, websites will still be able to use their own cookies to track their
visitors.

In addition to the report mentioned by Google,
there are many other research projects on these tools, such as the one
developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Five different companies offering consent
management platforms (CMP), used by the 10,000 most popular websites in the UK,
were analyzed for this work. The report mentions that, although the data protection
laws of the European Community require websites to ask users to explicitly submit
their consent regarding the use of cookies, only 11% of these sites comply with
the General
Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR) stipulations.

According to the International Institute of
Cyber Security (IICS), although the entry into force of GDPR improved the
information security standards of the inhabitants of the European Union, the
collaboration of companies is still needed to fully protect information from
Internet users in today’s complex environment.

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