Announced that Google's 'Web Environment Integrity', which is being criticized by the web browser Brave, will be disabled and released

Web browser Brave, which has expressed opposition to ' Web Environment Integrity (WEI)' that Google is formulating for 'healthy Internet', reveals that it is a policy to invalidate WEI I made it

Disables WebEnvironmentIntegrity feature and origin trials. by mkarolin Pull Request #19476 brave/brave-core GitHub

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WEI, which Google is developing as a new web standard, provides an API to developers and approves only specific browser configurations. In WEI, the server verifies that the user's browsing environment has not been altered against a third-party verification service before displaying web pages. Therefore, there is concern that the page may not be displayed if you are using something other than a 'specific browser configuration'.

Google employees propose a new web standard ``Web Environment Integrity'' to eliminate bots and modified browsers with certification by ``trusted third parties'' to create a ``healthy Internet''-GIGAZINE

Regarding WEI, Mr. Greg Farrow of the Free Software Foundation said, ``There is a possibility that people using free OSs and browsers can refuse to display pages.''

Various companies and services have shown opposition to such WEI, and Brave, a web browser based on Chromium developed by Google, also expressed opposition.

Peter Snyder, vice president of privacy engineering and senior privacy researcher at Brave, said the WEI 'is just part of Google's ongoing effort to remove browser users from controlling how they browse, interact and use the web. ” points out.

Web browser Brave also strongly opposes 'Web Environment Integrity' promoted by Google - GIGAZINE

In addition, Brave announced in August 2023 that ``we will not release with WEI enabled in the future.'' Brave criticizes that 'WEI is a monopoly system that gathers power over websites related to Google rather than the Internet so far.'

Brave also points out that `` Manifest V3 , which Google is considering introducing, will shake the foundation of existing browser extensions, and there is a risk that user content blockers will not work properly.''

Manifest V3, which Google is considering introducing, can improve `` hijacking login credentials and inserting extra advertisements into web pages '', which was a concern of the conventional Manifest V2. On the other hand, overseas media The Verge explains that `` Google can improve privacy, security and performance regarding changes to Manifest V3. However, in reality, companies that pay advertising expenses to Google It's a calculated effort to mitigate the impact of ad blockers.'

In fact, Google cites ``content and technology that blocks online ads'' as a risk factor that could affect revenue.

Furthermore, while stating that 'we don't want to steer the WEI in a bad direction', Google suggests 'doing rate limits for physical devices', and on the GitHub forum, 'This idea is unethical and open It is against the concept of the web.'Criticism has also been made.

Google has been deleting and abolishing functions that users need so far, and in November 2022, Chrome and Chronium will have smaller file sizes than the conventional AVIF image format, but better image quality. Support for the next-generation image standard ' JPEG XL ' has been discontinued.

Regarding the reason for the abolition of support, overseas media Phoronix speculated that ``JPEG XL format is in direct conflict with the WebP format promoted by Google.''

Mozilla, which deploys web browsers and Firefox, said, ``We recognize that privacy is a core value for users who use Firefox,'' as criticism of Google gathers. announcement. However, Firefox has indicated that it will continue to support web request content blockers after the introduction of Manifest V3.

'We know content blocking is important to Firefox users,' said Marshall Irwin, Mozilla's Chief Security Officer. 'We will continue to grow Firefox into the best privacy tool available. I will come,' he says.

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