There has been a lot of discussion about privacy and Internet browsing lately. Last month, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security issued a recommendation that the public not use Google’s new Chrome browser, which was released in beta form. In June, Mozilla Firefox made news when it said it would not include a feature called “Private Browsing” in its latest version of the popular Web browser.
The Center for Democracy and Technology has released a new report, “Browser Privacy Features: A Work In Progress.” It reviews and compares the privacy tools offered in Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari. “Three types of features are analyzed in the charts below: privacy modes, cookie controls, and object controls. We also evaluate the most popular add-ons for each browser and feature type: Stealther for a Firefox privacy mode, CookieSafe for cookie controls in Firefox, AdBobject controls in Firefox and PithHelmet for object controls in Safari.”
Unsurprisingly, the browsers “varied considerably” in the implementation of privacy tools. “Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla verified the accuracy of the claims made in the report about their browser software,” CDT said. The report is a short and accessible evaluation of the programs and is worth a read.