A developer has discovered that Chrome does not respect user settings when removing site data from Google and YouTube pages. The Big G says it is a bug and promises a solution in the next few days.
If you are jealous of your privacy, you should already know that browsers have functions to automatically delete cookies, website data, and browsing history when you close the browser.
Chrome seems to make some exceptions when putting this feature into practice. Jeff Johnson has observed this. An iOS developer published his findings on his blog a few weeks ago. According to the report, the browser clears the history and cookies in all cases. But it leaves the website data intact on Google search and YouTube.
When you visit a page, cookies identify and store some of your preferences. But site data includes more information. Among them is local storage, which stores confidential user information on the computer so the website can consult it on the next visit.
Johnson has verified that Chrome keeps the local storage of the Google search engine page and YouTube intact even when the user has enabled the function to delete this data when the browser closes.
This means that both Google and YouTube will be able to identify you when you return to their pages. Therefore, apart from harming privacy, what Chrome is doing is favoring the Big G. Since its websites can continue to track users.
In his report, Johnson noted that this might not be intentional or just a mistake. This is precisely what those of Mountain View defend, which has sent a statement to The Register to clarify that it is a failure they are already working to solve.
“We are aware of a bug in Chrome affecting how cookies are cleared on some of Google’s websites. We are searching for the issue and plan to implement a fix in the next few days,” a spokesperson said.