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Google pushes new plan to overhaul web-tracking cookies

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Let's all opt out. Seeing advertisements from websites I clicked on generated on every website I visit after those click-ons is disgusting. When I see an ad that interests me, that should be the end of it. I spent my entire career in advertising and the abuses by Google and other dominant players disgusts me. It's truly gone over the top. I don't know how to stop it, and I'm getting too old to care, but someone has to shut down the abuse.

Take, for example, a simple old-style newspaper. You read it, you see the ads and look seriously at one or two that interest you. Then, you put the newspaper in the recycling box. Not one of those advertisers tries to invade your mind or repetitively tries to influence you through another medium.

Talk about mind control? That's all the big techs are after. It's not just advertising. And it's sick.

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Google, amongst other media, continually use cookies “to enhance your search abilities and experience”. The additional advertising is a bit over-the-top. Scale it down and those interested with follow.

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Cookies and Topics are basically spyware that is installed on your computer. All forms of spyware should be illegal.

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Use a VPN in the meantime. The Opera browser has a free built-in one

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Cookies are not a problem. Advertising is not going to hurt you. Censorship of Google search, ebay and social media, privacy, regional and browser blocks and proprietary website code are more of a problem.

Still, nice to see them distributing some aspects of their tech on to user's machines. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. We need fully distributed web services, distributed searching, persistent and crowd-sourced searching and distributed routing with inherent VPN capabilities. A browser translation layer would allow you to block anything served to your device, as you wish, and really open up the market for IoT/device browsing. The future is not arriving quickly enough.

VPNs are not a magic bullet but until we get distributed routing, they can help. The Opera browser with VPN built-in is a good default choice.

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Pretending Google will on its own do something against its best interests without anybody to actually do something about it is not going to have positive results.

First an effective and strong authority have to be put in place, then companies will do things to avoid consequences they actually care about.

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Yes, it’s how @TrevorPeace has described well. It’s like a disgusting stalking , sometimes for half a year or longer. If you search a product and maybe even have bought it then there or anywhere else, you are still getting those ads related to that item and surrounding products. Yes, of course, I could delete cookies, history etc, I know, but more helpful would be simply a switch or setting a checkbox if you currently want to see that or not, because there are also the other situations when you search longer , let’s say for price comparison purposes or similar near items you might want, and in that case want the cookies still intact and working. In those cases, privacy or anonymity settings as well as deleting the cookies and browser history would be the worst case, right? Therefore my recommendation, let the users decide , case by case, but stop that long term ‘stalking’ with the same old ads on every site visit.

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My understanding is that VPN's don't stop cookies from being attached to the browser unless the browser itself does that as well.

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Those giant cookie pop ups that come up to block your screen when you are trying to read an article gets really annoying. The decline button needs to come first instead of that stupid (preferences) or (cookie settings) button.

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The very least one could do nowadays is to delete cookies manually often as well as set your browser to automatically delete all cookies when you close your browser.

Add the Ghostery blocker to your browser and set it to 'no notification' so it silently blocks many other types of trackers as well.

These are simple actions.

Facebook (even this website, like every other commercial one out there, has Facebook trackers that light up my Ghostery) and Google (especially via people logged into Gmail), etc. will continue to track you, but less effectively and incompletely.

As others have suggested, a VPN is another more advanced way to protect your privacy. Best would be to not have a Facebook account so you are never logged in.

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@virusrex -First an effective and strong authority have to be put in place.

Such as the Cyberspace Administration of China?

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