Google May Ban Cookies on Chrome and Android

Google is developing an anonymous identifier for advertising, or AdID, that would replace third-party cookies as the way advertisers track people’s Internet browsing activity for marketing purposes.

In the wake of the NSA scandal and privacy scrutiny from the EU, Google thinks it has a novel solution — AdID.  Google has reportedly been distributing a closed door proposal to advertisers, which would do away with cookie based advertising, which is based on small residual text files stored in local directories on your machine which are often backed up to the cloud.  Cookies uniquely identify the user — but they often give away too much, showing logs of urls which reveal things you’ve bought, where you are, and more.

Google May Ban Cookies on Chrome and Android

Google spokesman Rob Shilkin comments mysteriously:

Technological enhancements can improve users’ security while ensuring the Web remains economically viable. We and others have a number of concepts in this area, but they’re all at very early stages.

So far few partners and privacy advocates have received the pending proposal, but The USA Today‘s sources say that will change in a matter of weeks.

In the latest blow to Oracle’s market dominance, Google has made the decision to migrate its database environment from MySQL to MariaDB, a community-developed fork that was created in response to Oracle’s acquisition of Sun. Jeremy Cole, a senior systems engineer with the search giant, broke the news at the Extremely Large Databases (XLDB) conference in Stanford, California.

According to Cole, Google is making the switch from MySQL 5.1 to MariaDB 10.0 because the former has become “outdated,” the same reason why the company is seeking alternatives for third party cookies.

A string of privacy scandals in recent years has prompted many web users to install plugins and tools for blocking cookies. To make things worse, mobile devices – which today account for nearly one quarter of global internet traffic – do not offer universal support for the type of cookies used in advertising.

With online ads accounting for over 95 percent of its revenues, Google can’t afford to lose its edge over traditional media. The software titan is reportedly hard at working developing several cookie-less tracking technologies that may not only prove more accurate, but also practically impossible to block. Some speculate that Google is experimenting with a “fingerprint technique” for distinguishing users based on device and browser configurations.

Digesting large volumes of data, whether platform settings or real-time transactions, is complicated enough on its own. This task is only made more difficult by the need to aggregate information from multiple external sources, a challenge that Attunity promises to address with the latest release of its flagship replication solution.

Replicate 3.0 introduces a number of major additions, including a WAN transfer engine that optimizes low-bandwidth and high-distance connections. Other improvements include deeper visibility into database changes and support for HP Vertica and SAP Sybase ASE.


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