DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoCDuckDuckGo announces plans to block FLoC, Google’s new way of tracking users’ web browsing activity in Chrome.
As Google transitions away from using third-party cookies in Chrome, its developing a new technology called FLoC (Federated Learning of Cohorts).
Google claims FLoC offers more privacy than third-party cookies because it monitors activity at a group level rather than an individual level.
With FLoC, browsing activity cannot be tied to any individual user. Though it does aim to collect enough data to serve personalized ads.
Privacy pundits like DuckDuckGo take issue with all forms of tracking, even when it’s less invasive.
DuckDuckGo finds it especially concerning that getting tracked via FLoC is not optional – all Chrome users are automatically opted into it.