Comments on the official Chromium issue tracker confirm that Google plans to downgrade cookies and browser site data controls in favor of a page with inferior functionality at the time of writing.
Many Chrome users know that they can use controls to clear cookies and site data in Chrome. Just load the internal chrome URL: // settings / siteData to get started.
Chrome lists all sites that have stored cookies and other site data on the local system.
You can search for the selection, browse it, delete individual cookies, and check what a particular site has stored on the local system.
The option gives users control over the data, as they can analyze the stored data from this very page.
A recent comment from a Google employee on the official Chromium bug tracking site confirms that Google plans to deprecate the entire Cookies and Site Data page. Chromium is the basis for many web browsers, including Google’s Chrome web browser but also Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, Opera or Brave.
The page is deleted and Google plans to bring the user’s attention to another internal page, chrome: // settings / content / all.
The page looks like the original at first glance; it lists the name of the site, offers a search, the total storage space used by the site and also options to expand the selection.
When you do this, you will notice that the stored site content is no longer displayed on the page. The link points to Chrome’s site permissions page for the site, but there is no longer an option on the page to view the site data itself. In addition, there is no longer an option to delete individual cookies that a site has set using the page.
Note: You can always clear individual cookies by clicking on the icon in front of the address in Chrome’s address bar. Select a row, for example on cookies, to display details of all cookies set and an option to delete cookies individually.
Jeff Johnson discovered Google’s intention by accident when he reported a bug on the Chromium tracker. Johnson is critical of change because it robs users of information and control. He didn’t find out why Google was planning to make the change, only that it will be made.
It is possible that the new page will receive the functionality of the old one, but Google has not commented on this and if past changes are necessary, it seems unlikely.
Other Chromium-based browsers will also benefit from the change. While it is possible that some browsers will keep the old page by adding its code to Chrome, it is likely that most Chromium-based browsers will end up with the inferior option if not improved by Chromium engineers. .
Now you: what is your opinion on the change?