Too little too late: Can we control browser fingerprinting?

Nasser Mohammed Al-Fannah, Chris Mitchell

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Browser fingerprinting is increasingly being used for online tracking of users, and, unlike the use of cookies, is almost impossible for users to control. This has a major negative impact on online privacy. Despite the availability of a
range of fingerprinting countermeasures as well as some limited attempts by browser vendors to curb its effectiveness, it remains largely uncontrolled. This paper provides the first comprehensive and structured discussion of measures to limit or control browser fingerprinting, covering both user-based and browser-based techniques. It discusses the limitations of counter browser fingerprinting measures and the need for browser vendor support in controlling fingerprinting. Further, a somewhat counterintuitive possible new browser identifier is proposed which could make cookies and fingerprint-based tracking redundant; the need for, and possible effect of, this feature is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-180
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Intellectual Capital
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2020

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