What is Google’s Web Environment Integrity?
Google has started testing a new web API known as Web Environment Integrity. The news has stirred up considerable concern within the developer community and among privacy-conscious users. This new system is purported to detect and block any third-party interference with website code.
Google suggests that this move is about providing better advertising statistics. However, critics argue that it could significantly undermine user privacy by revealing personal data to advertisers.
Important to know: Most modern web browsers are based on Chromium. This includes Edge, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi, and many others.
How Does Web Environment Integrity Work?
Web Environment Integrity operates by using a special “IntegrityToken” to verify user information. This system determines whether the user is a bot and if there have been any changes in their browser.
The controversial point is that Web Environment Integrity may block users from accessing websites if they use tools that the API considers undesirable, such as ad-blockers (e.g., uBlock Origin, Adblock Plus, Ghostery).
The Implications of Web Environment Integrity
This API has sparked debates and drawn parallels to Web DRM due to its potential impact on internet freedom. Critics argue that this development could limit user privacy, as it may expose personal data to advertisers. This system could even isolate those who prefer not to share their data from the World Wide Web.
Despite the concerns surrounding Google’s Web Environment Integrity, users are not left without alternatives. Browsers such as:
aren’t built on Chromium and thus offer more privacy-conscious browsing options.
Cyber education remains crucial in these times. Make informed choices and support web products that prioritize your privacy and confidentiality. After all, your personal information is worth protecting.