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    Chrome, Google blocks the release of the most awaited feature

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    Due to the coronavirus we can forget one of the most anticipated features of Chrome: the cookie classification system “SameSite“, already included in the beta for developers of Chrome 82, but now removed from the list of news coming to the official version.

    I SameSite cookies would have profoundly changed the way Chrome manages sites that try to track user behavior, making some of them not very functional (if not even not working). In light of these possible difficulties even for absolutely "legitimate" sites, Google has decided to postpone and postpone the introduction of this novelty to a more peaceful time. Website operators will therefore have more time to adjust their properties and be ready when Google decides to introduce this. new tracking file management mechanism.

    SameSite cookies: what they are and how they work

    I cookie are the files on which many of the actions made by the user while browsing a website are recorded and can be managed both by the owner of the site itself and by third parties. THE third-party cookies, for example, are those of the advertising networks that make sure that the user sees the same advertisements when he jumps from one site to another. The "SameSite" is essentially an attribute for cookies and the site owner must activate it for all his cookies, but not for those of third parties.

    If Chrome reads a SameSite cookie which, however, points to another site (as in the case of third-party ones) it blocks it completely. In practice, the SameSite attribute is used to force those who have a website to specify which cookies are their own and which are those of third parties.

    Google Chrome: skip version 82

    The modification just described, therefore, it won't come with the next version of Chrome. Which, among other things, will not be number 82: this version, in fact, has been canceled and will be skipped. It will go directly to 83 (which will probably come out a little earlier than the schedule set so far). Once again, the decision is based on the Covid-19 pandemic, which is slowing down the work of Google programmers. The current version of Chrome for all 64-bit operating systems is 80.0.3987.163 and the current official beta is 81. What is not clear, however, is whether SameSite cookies will arrive with at least version 83 or we will have to wait even longer.

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