Disable third party cookies by default?

  • I was quite surprised when I recently discovered that third party cookies are accepted by Chromium. They were considered an unacceptable breach of privacy in the not too distant past. They really serve no other purpose than enabling the Internet's top dogs to track people across websites wherever they have ads, a like button, or a similar piece of Javascript.

    I can understand why Google isn't interested in disabling third party cookies by default, but you guys surely have no reason to allow such nonsense.

  • Well, there is a checkbox in settings that allows you to disable them but I don't know if its enabled by default. It does cause problems with some websites if you do so maybe thats why Chrome doesn't do it.

  • I can understand why Google isn't interested in disabling third party cookies by default, but you guys surely have no reason to allow such nonsense.

    The reason is that disabling third part cookies ny default would cause problems for lots of users as a considerable number of (major) sites makes user of them.

  • Which site uses them for anything beyond cross-site tracking? I have disabled them the moment I realized they were permitted and had zero problems.

    I can't think of a situation where a site would really need them.

  • I can't think of a situation where a site would really need them.

    radioplayer.co.uk seems to.

  • Another example is Disqus on Opera Blogs
    If you block third party cookies, you are not auto-logged when visiting blog
    If you want to comment/vote, you need to login every time
    or make exception in settings for disqus.com
    same goes for Facebook social plugin, on other sites to comment/like/whatever

    all major services rely on third-party cookies (fb, twitter, g+....)

  • Right, third party social plugins would require them, which really touches on the reason to disable them: due to the use of third party cookies, the owners of these plugins can track people across websites, which is really the point behind many of these.

    There are less intrusive ways to build these, but I guess you're right: it's too late to go back now and we'll just have to accept that Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. all know people's web history.

  • Which site uses them for anything beyond cross-site tracking? I have disabled them the moment I realized they were permitted and had zero problems.
    I can't think of a situation where a site would really need them.

    Well, if you don't use any major site (Google, facebook, Yahoo and so on) then disabling third part cookies won't really make much difference.

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