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Google commits to work with UK regulator on plan to drop browser cookies


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Britain's competition regulator will have a say in Google's plan to phase out third-party cookies in Chrome. On Friday, the Competition and Markets Authority said it's reviewing several commitments from Google designed to ensure that its web privacy efforts won't impede competition in digital ad markets. 

Last year, Google said it will gradually remove third-party cookies, little bits of code that can let advertisers track user history across the web. The move is part of the search giant's push toward a privacy sandbox, which is designed to let publishers target ads based on people's interests without infringing on privacy. 

However, the CMA, as well as regulators in the US, were concerned the privacy push could harm newspapers and other businesses that rely on personalized online ads. The commitments from Google come after enforcement actions the CMA launched against the tech giant ...


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