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Alternative browser Vivaldi has blocked Google’s “spy” technology

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The team of the increasingly popular alternative browser Vivaldi has announced the release of a major update to the Vivaldi 3.8 browser.

According to the developers, Google’s “user-data-collecting” technology has been blocked in the browser and the proprietary Cookie Crumbler has been implemented to help avoid annoying cookie warnings.

Google’s “spyware” technology refers to FLoC, a Google technology that monitors user behavior and transmits data to advertisers without using cookies. FLoC analyzes the behavior of each user and assigns him to a specific group – for example, when searching for drugs. As the developers note, information about interests and behavior, estimated age and character traits of the user becomes available to any site, and Google gets the opportunity to analyze in detail the data of all groups.

Vivaldi Technologies founder Jon von Techner explained:

Often, users automatically accept cookies without realizing that they are giving permission to collect information about themselves. Some websites don’t work without cookies, which puts users in a stalemate. I believe that this system of collecting user data should finally be abolished. No one has the right to collect information about you from yours and, moreover, without your permission.

In the updated version of Vivaldi, Cookie Crumbler works – a function that allows you to configure the operation of the browser with cookies once, and not confirm them separately on each site. According to the European regulation GDPR (regulation on the protection of personal data), sites that use cookies must warn their users about this. Initially, the regulation was created to protect the personal data of users, but this has led to the appearance of messages and pop-ups in which it is necessary to indicate what types of data can be collected. This significantly slows down the work on the Internet and annoys users, so the ability to configure the browser so that it does it on its own was implemented.

Other changes in the new version affected the interface and work with bookmarks. Panels, located by default on the left side of the browser window, have learned how to change transparency. The image that appears from under the transparent panels is also selectable. At the same time, a blur effect, contrast adjustment and a few more features appeared in the theme settings.

Bookmarks can now be added quickly and without calling additional dialog boxes with a keyboard shortcut. In the bookmarks menu, you can easily switch between regular bookmarks and those on the express panel, or expand the entire folder tree at once.

The updated Vivaldi browser is available for free for computers with Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems. Vivaldi is being developed by Opera Software founder Jon von Tetzchner, and the browser is seen as the successor to older versions of Opera.

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