Individual cookie controls are removed from Privacy & Security in Chrome 97
Google Chrome’s web browser will soon have reduced functionality when it comes to cookie management under the Security & Privacy menu entry in browser settings.
Currently, when you open Settings> Privacy & Security> Cookies and other site data> View all cookies and site data, Chrome displays all cookies set individually by a site once a site has been selected on the loaded page. .
Chrome users can also load chrome: // settings / siteData directly to jump to this page immediately.
The management page supports the removal of individual cookies from a site and can be used to display vital information about a specific cookie.
Deleting individual cookies can be useful in some cases. Developers can use it to test the functionality of the site, non-developers can remove cookies from sites which may be privacy-invasive, to change the functionality of the site or reset certain functionality on the sites.
Google removes the ability to view and delete individual cookies from the Settings page listed above. The company will replace it with chrome: // settings / content / all instead, which lists the number of cookies each site has set, but does not provide an option to view or delete individual cookies.
Google says the change “creates a cleaner experience for users.” Users can “accidentally change the implementation details” of sites and “potentially sever their experience on this site”, if they delete individual cookies. Some users could even “run the risk of compromising part of the protection of their privacy, by wrongly assuming the purpose of a cookie”, according to the company.
Google goes on to say that the feature is primarily used by developers and that the ability to delete individual cookies is still available in the browser developer tools.
Google is removing features from Chrome. While it is true that cookies can be managed using developer tools, it is clear that the option is not as simple as using the Settings app. You have to open the site in question to access its cookies and storage, while you can simply open the page in Settings to manage all cookies on all sites in Chrome.
It is not clear whether Google will keep the list of cookies when users activate the icon in front of the site in the browser’s address bar.
This is a regression, which removes a useful option from Chrome. Even developers may prefer the old way of handling cookies set in Chrome over the option of using developer tools for it.
Google is rolling out the change in the beta version of Chrome 97. It is likely that the change will land in Chrome 97 Stable, unless stop bugs are discovered that prevent inclusion in the stable version.
Now you: what is your opinion on the change?