Google Related Website Sets on Sandbox concerns publishers

Google plans to limit the sharing of reader data by publishers to groups of five sites under its proposed post-cookies regime.

The media giant is in the process of banning third-party cookies on its dominant Chrome browser platform. These cookies (programme files in browsers which store data) currently allow independent ad tech companies to share anonymous reader data across thousands of sites thereby allowing news publishers to better compete with platforms like Google and Facebook which dominate global advertising.

Google parent company Alphabet this week announced advertising revenue up 11% year-on-year to $65.5bn in the last quarter of 2023 at a time when publishers are seeing falls of a similar level. Declining online ad revenue has seen thousands of newsroom jobs cut over the past year.

Anonymous, untrackable website readers are difficult for publishers to monetise via advertising meaning many fear ad-funded online journalism is facing a fight for survival.

Google is planning to force news publishers to group their websites into sets of five if they want to use certain functions in its new Privacy Sandbox online advertising system, which it has proposed will replace cookie functionality. Each group of five will then be published on GitHub, the coding website, where anyone will be able to see them.

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Several publishing executives who talked to Press Gazette said they were unhappy with the plan.

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Related Website Sets (RWS) has already become the subject of a letter of complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) by a campaign group that believes it is an unwarranted interference in the publishing market, according to a copy seen by Press Gazette.

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Google Launches Privacy Sandbox for Android Beta Examination

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Google unveiled a beta model of its “Privacy Sandbox” for Android Tuesday, section of a a long time-extended effort and hard work to completely transform the organization of the world wide web and make it more challenging for firms to feast on the buffet that is your personal facts. Paradoxically, Google claims the aim is to keep track of everything you do on the net in a way which is much better for your privateness.

“Building on our world wide web initiatives, we’re establishing solutions for electronic advertising that restrict user data sharing and do not depend on cross-app identifiers,” reported Anthony Chavez, vice president of solution management for Google’s Privacy Sandbox initiative, in a weblog publish. “Over the past calendar year, we’ve worked carefully with the marketplace to assemble responses and start off tests these new systems. Now, we’re getting into the upcoming phase of this initiative, rolling out the very first Beta for the Privateness Sandbox on Android to qualified devices.”

Privateness Sandbox a established of new focused marketing resources that let organizations make funds on your info with out ever seeing that information for them selves. Google claims this is much improved for your privateness. The adjustments acquiring all the attention are coming to Google Chrome, in which the company promises it will eliminate 3rd-celebration cookies, the primary way businesses (such as Google) have tracked you for 30 a long time. But the updates Google programs for Android are just as critical.

The new beta examination rolls out initial to a “small percentage” of Android 13 units and will broaden above time. You will get a notification if you’re selected, with the selection to opt in or out as your tiny heart wishes. But users are not the

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