The Browser Privacy Arms Race: Which Browsers Actually Protect Your Privacy?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 3:00 pm3:30 pm

Andrés Arrieta, Electronic Frontier Foundation


Web browsers are finally starting to take privacy seriously. Almost every major browser has now announced a privacy initiative, but which ones are serious and which ones are snake oil? Are any of the alternative browsers like Brave or Tor Browser serious contenders? Do browser privacy protections on desktop differ from mobile? In this talk, we'll look at a high-level overview of the technical details behind the major browsers' privacy pushes, and cut through the techno-jargon to see which browsers are actually trying to protect your privacy, and which are just pretending.

Andrés Arrieta, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Andrés is Director of Consumer Privacy Engineering for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he oversees projects like blocking trackers online when you browse, pushing policy for better privacy, and helping in digital forensics investigations.

A Telecom and Electronics Engineer, he previously worked for Telecommunications companies and Mobile Operators developing projects from the radio and core networks to IT systems. Seeing the state of privacy in the digital world from previous experiences, he joined the EFF to help develop tools that address these issues and to push for better legislation that protects us all and considers marginalized communities.

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@conference {244722,
author = {Andr{\'e}s Arrieta},
title = {The Browser Privacy Arms Race: Which Browsers Actually Protect Your Privacy?},
year = {2020},
address = {San Francisco, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jan

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