Browsers get more aggressive with blocking user tracking

The controversy over tracking users via social media is so 2018.

It’s widely known that many other parties have taken advantage of user tracking and data collection, and it’s clearly gotten out of control and downright abusive.

Now, browsers are getting aggressive and proactive about putting an end to it.

I’ve discussed measures announced by Google for Chrome. Here are two other, recent developments.

Firefox

Firefox is beginning to activate Cloudflare’s encrypted DNS over HTTPS service, which will hopefully end the ability of ISPs and mobile service providers to snoop in on user website browsing activity. The data collected has allegedly been sold to third parties with the aim of targeting users with ads.

ISPs and the telecom industry are not impressed and have been lobbying to prohibit browsers, particularly Chrome, from being able to encrypt DNS traffic. Google is also planning to implement DNS encryption in Chrome.

DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo, known for their privacy-focused browser, is openly sharing their data on online trackers and the internet domains they’ve accessed. The aim is to allow others to use the repository in their efforts to identify and block user tracking.

The data set is known as Tracker Radar and is available online at GitHub. While anyone can access and use the information, DuckDuckGo will also offer the data set as a paid license, in exchange for assistance with implementing the data to block tracking activity.