Brave Browser Streamlines Privacy Features by Deprecating 'Strict' Fingerprinting Protection


Brave Browser Streamlines Privacy Features by Deprecating 'Strict' Fingerprinting Protection

In a recent announcement, Brave Software revealed its decision to phase out the 'Strict' fingerprinting protection mode from its privacy-centric Brave Browser due to operational challenges. The move comes as the feature, designed to boost user privacy by thwarting fingerprinting techniques, was found to disrupt the functionality of numerous websites.

Fingerprinting protection in Brave Browser is an essential privacy feature that prevents websites from tracking users through the collection of device and browser data, forming a unique identifying profile. While 'Standard' mode will persist, offering robust protection against tracking, the discontinuation of 'Strict' mode aims to streamline the browser's user experience.

The decision stems from the realization that the aggressive blocking nature of 'Strict' mode often results in websites malfunctioning or becoming completely inaccessible, leading to a suboptimal browsing experience. Notably, only about 0.5% of Brave Browser users opt for the 'Strict' mode, making it a minority choice among the community.

The move to deprecate 'Strict' mode aligns with the project's focus on efficient resource allocation. The Brave team acknowledges that maintaining 'Strict' mode for a relatively small user base is not the most effective use of the browser's limited resources. Instead, resources will be redirected toward enhancing and optimizing the 'Standard' fingerprinting protection, ensuring it remains extensive and robust.

Brave's 'Standard' fingerprinting protection is touted as one of the most comprehensive among major browsers, employing innovative techniques to thwart fingerprinting methods. The announcement assures users that ongoing efforts will continue to strengthen and expand the 'Standard' protection, maintaining compatibility with websites while providing ever-improving safeguards against fingerprinting.

The removal of 'Strict' fingerprinting protection has already been implemented in the testing 'Nightly' release and is slated to roll out to the stable branch with version 1.64 for desktop and Android users. Given the reported 65.5 million active monthly users and the 0.5% adoption rate of 'Strict' mode, the change is expected to directly impact over 330,000 users.

Brave Browser users can anticipate a more streamlined and efficient privacy protection experience as the company focuses on optimizing its features for the majority while maintaining a high level of security against fingerprinting methods.