Firefox 86 brings “complete cookie protection”

Cookies have been used on websites for a very long time. The initial idea was for cookies to help websites remember certain things about the user, so that when a user loads a website, it doesn’t have to start all over again. This was supposed to be a useful feature, but in recent years we have seen how cookies are used to track user activity on various websites, not just where the user is.

For those who may be concerned about their privacy, the latest version of Firefox will be good news. The reason is that Mozilla has introduced “Total Cookie Protection” in Firefox 86. This protection does not block cookies in any way, but isolates them on the website from which they originate.

This means that instead of grabbing multiple websites from “the same cookie jar”, each website will now be limited to its own cookie jar. This is a huge advance in the privacy protection built into the Enhanced Tracking Protection feature.

“To achieve more comprehensive protection, Total Cookie Protection stores all cookies from each website in a separate cookie jar so that cookies can no longer be used to track online as you go from site to site,” explained from Mozilla.

This feature will generally only affect things like ads, because since the cookies they will be able to access will be less detailed, you may end up seeing less personalized and more general ads. Unlike users, it is certain that advertisers will not be too thrilled.

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