Google Implements First Test Globally to Phase Out Third-Party CookiesPUBLISH DATE: 05 January 2024
On January 4, 2024, Google initiated its strategy to eliminate third-party cookies. In a phased approach, it will initially disable third-party cookies for 1% of users worldwide for testing purposes. The plan includes a gradual expansion, reaching 100% of users by the third quarter of 2024.
On December 14, 2023, the company revealed its intention to initiate trials for Tracking Protection, a novel feature designed to curb cross-site tracking by defaulting to restricted access for third-party cookies. Google considers this a crucial step in advancing their Privacy Sandbox initiative aimed at phasing out third-party cookies.
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For the testing of this new feature, participants will be chosen randomly and will be notified on Chrome either on desktop or Android. While users navigate the web, third-party cookies will face default restrictions, limiting their capacity to track user data across various websites. Chrome will, in turn, locally classify users’ interests on their devices, keeping these categories beyond the reach of websites.
Upon visiting a website, Chrome will disclose only these category labels, offering publishers and advertisers crucial insights for delivering contextually relevant ads and content recommendations. The specific sites individuals visit will remain undisclosed, establishing a more privacy-focused approach.
From tracking users’ online journey to making login hassle-free third-party cookies have been a useful source for almost 30 years. However everything had a downside, while it helped advertisers in offering relevant ads to the users, it left them with privacy concerns.
With Privacy Sandbox, Google is taking a more responsible approach on Chrome. It has built tools for websites that will help in relevant ad-placement but will also allow developers to adapt to the changing landscape.