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The Mozilla Foundation has released its latest version of the Firefox browser, which comes with new privacy protections to squash cross-site cookie tracking, as well as a slew of security vulnerability fixes. Firefox 86, released on Tuesday, includes what it touts as a privacy-bolstering feature called Total Cookie Protection. This new feature isolates each cookie assigned by each website – preventing websites from tracking internet users in an invasive, cross-site manner. “Total Cookie Protection confines cookies to the site where they were created, which prevents tracking companies from using these cookies to track your browsing from site to site,” said Tim Huang, Johann Hofmann and Arthur Edelstein with Mozilla on Tuesday. Cookies: Busting Privacy Problems HTTP cookies are small data files stored by web browsers while users are perusing various websites. These are used as a unique identifier to improve web browsing experience and enable user-specific ads – a necessary part of the internet economy. However, tracking cookies can also pose a “serious privacy vulnerability,” said Mozilla, because third-party companies – like data brokers, affiliate networks and advertising networks – can use them to track users’ browser activity – even when they visit other websites. Advertisers can then use the tracking cookies to better understand which websites that users visit – whether those are social media websites or otherwise – and ultimately piece together a digital picture of who…

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