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Chrome bug meant browser didn’t respect user requests to delete Google site data

The Verge Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Chrome bug meant browser didn’t respect user requests to delete Google site dataIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

If you ask Chrome to delete all cookies and site data whenever you quit the browser, it’s reasonable to expect that this policy applies to all websites. Recently, though, a bug in the browser meant data wasn’t being removed for two sites in particular: Google and YouTube.

This problem was first documented by iOS developer Jeff Johnson on his blog. Johnson found that in Chrome version 86.0.4240.75, “local storage” data for Google.com and YouTube.com stuck around even after restarting the browser. We’ve been able to replicate similar behavior.

According to The Register, site data allows websites to store personal information about visitors, letting them remember information about users when they visit again in the future. In comparison,...
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