"We warned that this was likely back when Google announced plans to phase out
third-party cookies in Chrome (something all the other major browser makers had
already done): that this would be used to attack Google as being
anti-competitive, even as it was pro-privacy. Privacy and competition do not
need to be in conflict, but they can be. And what's happening now is that more
sketchy ad companies are abusing the constant drumbeat and fear over "Big Tech"
to attack privacy protections -- but that behind the scenes story is getting
missed as people are more focused on more breaking news about how Google has
decided to push back its move on 3rd party cookies for two more years.
Issie Lapowsky, over at Protocol
, has a must read story on how sketchy ad and
data brokers have crashed the W3C, riding a wave of anti-big tech feelings to
push for worse solutions for everyone as it comes to privacy (of course,
Facebook is on the wrong side of this as well -- it's basically all the sketchy
companies and Facebook against all the other companies). It's quite a story."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics