CNBC: Fed up with endless cookie consent boxes? The UK plans to kill them off

CNBC: Fed up with endless cookie consent boxes? The UK plans to kill them off. “Britain wants an end to the barrage of cookie consent pop-ups. The government says new data reforms will heavily reduce the number of banners that appear on websites asking people to consent to cookies. The plans are part of a broader package of reforms from the U.K. seeking to diverge from EU data protection rules.”

PC World: This obscure Firefox tool is a must-use for privacy buffs

PC World: This obscure Firefox tool is a must-use for privacy buffs. “I’ve seen other people online who say they sandbox their social media accounts in Edge, work email and services in Firefox, and personal stuff in Chrome (for example)…. Maybe you’ve been wanting this kind of tidy, privacy-friendly setup too, but just don’t want to learn a new browser. Or your taskbar has precious little real estate. I’ve got great news for you: With the Firefox Multi-Account Containers add-on, you can achieve the same effect in just one browser.”

AFP: Google makes cookie opt-out easier after France fine

AFP: Google makes cookie opt-out easier after France fine. “Google announced on Thursday it was starting to roll out an option for European users to reject ‘cookies’ with a single click, months after it was slapped with a massive fine. Google, along with Facebook, has faced an onslaught of legal cases and punishments over its use of web-tracking technology, which breaches EU privacy legislation.”

New York Times: Google will introduce a new system for tracking Chrome browser users.

New York Times: Google will introduce a new system for tracking Chrome browser users.. “Google’s plan to eliminate cookies by the end of next year is a potentially huge shift for the digital advertising industry, though it is not clear if the new method, which the company will start testing in the first quarter this year, will be any less alarming to advertisers and regulators. Google Chrome, the world’s most widely used web browser, is used by two of every three people surfing the internet, according to StatCounter.”

Reuters: Google’s browser cookies plan anti-competitive, advertisers tell EU

Reuters: Google’s browser cookies plan anti-competitive, advertisers tell EU. “Google’s GOOGL.O plan to block a popular web tracking tool called ‘cookies’ is anti-competitive, a group of advertisers, publishers and tech companies said in a complaint to EU antitrust regulators. The grievance could boost the European Commission’s investigation opened in June into Alphabet unit Google’s Privacy Sandbox which the company said could allow businesses to target clusters of consumers without identifying individuals.”

Benedict Evans: Ads, privacy and confusion

Benedict Evans: Ads, privacy and confusion. “Privacy is coming to the internet and cookies are going away. This is long overdue – but we don’t know what happens next, we don’t have much consensus on what online privacy actually means, and most of what’s on the table conflicts fundamentally with competition.”

The Register: Google updates timeline for unpopular Privacy Sandbox, which will kill third-party cookies in Chrome by 2023

The Register: Google updates timeline for unpopular Privacy Sandbox, which will kill third-party cookies in Chrome by 2023 . “The new timeline has split the bundle of technologies in the Privacy Sandbox into five phases: discussion, testing, implementation in Chrome (called ‘Ready for adoption’), Transition State 1 during which Chrome will ‘monitor adoption and feedback’ and then the next stage that involves winding down support for third-party cookies over a three-month period finishing ‘late 2023.’”

Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny – sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny – sources. “Google’s plan to block a popular web tracking tool called ‘cookies’ is a source of concern for U.S. Justice Department investigators who have been asking advertising industry executives whether the move by the search giant will hobble its smaller rivals, people familiar with the situation said.”