- Google is pressing ahead with its plan to remove third-party cookies from Chrome.
- Industry experts aren't convinced Google will meet its self-declared 2024 deadline to kill cookies.
Google on Thursday began to test what the web will look like without third-party tracking cookies for 1% of Chrome browser users, around 30 million people, its latest step towards getting rid of the technology altogether.
By the end of this year, Google intends to end support for cookies in Chrome and replace them with alternative technologies that still allow advertising to work on the web, but in a way that's more privacy conscious toward consumers.
Advertisers, publishers, and other players in the digital media ecosystem were first put on notice that Google was planning to eradicate cookies from Chrome in 2020.
The announcement sent shockwaves through the advertising ecosystem, with industry players concerned the new so-called Privacy Sandbox technologies won't prove to be adequate replacements and that the move could further cement Google's dominance of the online advertising market. Google has already had to push back it's original deadline for eradicating cookies twice.
Business Insider has been closely covering the developments. Here's what you need to know about how Google's cookie saga has played out over the last 12 months:
A rep from the web standards body the W3C rejected one of Google's key cookie-alternative technology proposals, saying it wouldn't adequately protect user privacy.
Vidhya Srinivasan now leads Google's ad organization, replacing Jerry Dischler.
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