Google Chrome retains cookie data for Google.com and Youtube.com even after users choose to delete all cookies when they close their browser. Cookies are used to identify users and store some of their online preferences when they visit websites. The site data stores databases in which a site can store personal information about users and can be accessed again when they visit the site next time.
Johnson used Google Chrome version 86.0.4240.75 for macOS, but said the older version of Chrome also exhibited the same behavior. He also noted that Safari is far behind in this regard as it doesn’t have the ability to delete site data on exit, unlike Firefox and Chromium browsers.
“We are aware of a bug in Chrome that is affecting the way cookies are cleared on some Google proprietary websites. We are investigating the problem and plan to implement a fix in the next few days,” a spokesperson told The Register. from Google and said the problem is a programming error and will be fixed.
Earlier this year, Google previously announced that it would delete all third-party cookies by the end of 2021, as has already been done by Safari and Firefox. Although it will still keep the original cookies and apparently give its own sites special preference in Chrome.
There have been situations in the past where Google has been accused of invading privacy. Google had put the real option to start location tracking in a different setting that didn’t even include the word “location” despite users banning it. As of now, Google says it will automatically delete all data over 18 months if users don’t opt out otherwise.
Google has been scrutinized by the US government and the European Union for managing services without following its own rules and unfairly promoting its services over those of competitors.
One programmer noticed that Chrome retains cookie data for Google.com and Youtube.com even after users decide to delete them. Google attributes the behavior to a bug in Chrome.
- Chrome retains cookie data for Youtube.com and Google.com despite users choosing to delete all cookies.
- Google has attributed the behavior to a bug in Chrome that is affecting how cookies are cleared on some proprietary Google websites.