Brave Software has announced that it will include debouncing protection to Brave in order to protect users of its browser from unwanted tracking online.
Bounce tracking is another method websites use to monitor people’s movement around the internet. The approach itself entails adding extra sites between a user’s current location and the website they wish to visit next.
These intermediate locations learn about websites visited by users over time, allowing them to perform monitoring in an analogous way as third-party cookies.
The browser will prevent bounce tracking by automatically recognizing when users are about to visit a known tracking domain, skipping the tracking site entirely and instead directing users to their intended destination with the release of version 1.32 of Brave on desktop.
The new debouncing function from Brave Software is now available in nightly versions of Brave, but it will be deployed to all users soon.
Disabling debouncing in Brave
Brave not only protects users from bounce tracking on websites but also bounce-tracking URLs utilized in other places across the web, such as links in affiliate marketing emails, thanks to its new debouncing functionality.
The company maintains a list on GitHub that consists of crowd-sourced and existing open-source projects including the URL Tracking Stripper, Link Clearer, and Clear URLs addons.
However, Brave Software also maintains additional restrictions and promises to keep this list up to date and add more bounce-tracking URLs going forward.
Debouncing isn’t the only way in which Brave protects against bounces; the browser utilizes query parameter stripping and informs consumers when they are about to visit a suspected bounce tracking site.
Brave Software is also collaborating with the W3C to assist standardize protection against bounce tracking so that it may be implemented by other browsers.
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