Privacy Study: Brave Browser Smacks Down Chrome, Firefox & Safari

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A privacy expert who compared some of the most popular browsers on the market reached an unambiguous conclusion: Brave trumps competition.

"Used 'out of the box' with its default settings Brave is by far the most private of the browsers studied. We did not find any use of identifiers allowing tracking of IP address over time, and no sharing of the details of web pages visited with backend servers."

From best to worstFurthermore, the study places the six browsers into three distinct groups from most private to the least.

Brave is the only one in the first group - browsers that don't share personally identifiable information.

Brave was followed by runners-up Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, which all have "Identifiers linked to the browser instance." These types of identifiers, the study states, persist across browser restarts.

Crucially those identifiers are removed after a fresh browser install.

Edge and Yandex came in dead last, as both browsers have persistent hardware identifiers that cannot be revoked, even by reinstalling the browser.

"Both send identifiers that are linked to the device hardware and so persist across fresh browser installs <>. Edge sends the hardware UUID of the device to Microsoft <>. Similarly, Yandex transmits a hash of the hardware serial number and MAC address to back end servers. As far as we can tell this behaviour cannot be disabled by users."

As Cointelegraph reported previously, Brave is putting pressure on the U.K. authorities to finally crack down on tech giants such as Google for egregiously violating the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation.

Privacy advocates will be happy to know that Brave puts its money where its mouth is.