How to stop tracking on health sites
With health data being used by third party trackers to target you when you’re potentially at your most vulnerable, Mozilla articulates how you can protect yourself from this threat.There’s probably no greater expectation of privacy than when it comes to a person’s health. But the pervasive third party tracking that we’ve recently learned many health websites engage in has made the internet untrustworthy for people who turn to it during this vulnerable time in their lives.
Google on Tuesday said is making progress in its quest to vanquish third-party "cookies" on its popular browser used to track people's online activities, a focus of many privacy activists.
The online giant said its "Sandbox" program would still allow advertisers the ability to deliver targeted messages, while also sparing people from being tracked by snippets of code called "cookies" when they use its Chrome web browser.
The upgraded Google Search feature you’ve been waiting for is finally here
Google wants to make its website the only site you ever need to visit, whether its to check the weather, book a flight, see how your favorite football teams are doing, or even to find out if your symptoms are serious. Google is constantly adding new features and widgets to make Search invaluable, and this week, it is kicking off an early access program that will allow shipping companies to show people the status of their packages without leaving Search.
"We are confident that with continued iteration and feedback, privacy-preserving and open-standard mechanisms like the Privacy Sandbox can sustain a healthy, ad-supported web in a way that will render third-party cookies obsolete," Chrome director of engineering Justin Schuh said in a post.
"Our intention is to do this within two years."
Google Assistant can now stream Hulu to your Chromecast and Nest Hub
If you own a Chromecast, TV with Chromecast built-in or Google smart display, you'll soon be able to ask Assistant to play and control content from Hulu. The update, first spotted by Android Police, is currently rolling out to the Google Home app, according to a statement from the search giant. "Hulu subscribers can now ask their Google Assistant to play thousands of hit TV shows and movies from their basic subscription catalog on their Chromecasts, Chromecast built-in devices, and smart displays like Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max," a spokesperson for Google told Android Police.
"Our goal for this open source initiative is to make the web more private and secure for users, while also supporting publishers," Schuh said.
Schuh offered no specifics on what Google would use to replace cookies but said "we are working actively across the ecosystem so that browsers, publishers, developers, and advertisers have the opportunity to experiment with these new mechanisms."
Google said simply blocking cookies was not a good solution because it has encouraged the use of "fingerprinting" techniques to track people which some say are more insidious than cookies.
But it remained unclear if eliminating third-party cookies may give the California-based company more control of online advertising, which it dominates along with Facebook.
This Google Maps trick is interesting and terrifying at the same time .
Google Maps is one of the best apps Google ever made, and it's obviously a must-have app on either an Android device or an iPhone. However, the app does have one huge downside, and it's one Google has been trying to correct in recent years. If you have no idea what that is, then Google’s newest Maps trick — the 2019 Timeline update — will make you aware of it. There are probably two kinds of Google Maps users out there. Most of them don’t care about having to share their location with Google at all times for the app to work, although many would be outraged to find out exactly how much location data Google gathers from their phones.