Online is quite a ‘vulnerable’ space. Your posts, clicks, likes, tags, browsing habits are all tracked without your knowledge and those extrapolated data can be used commercially to influence the choice, opinion and activities. The recent developments related to Facebook and Cambridge Analytica has reduced the concept of online privacy to a perfect oxymoron.
Launched without any fanfare, the android-based web browser claims, as per the media reports, that it doesn’t collect data from the users. It doesn’t ask for any permissions. What’s more, it doesn’t save the browsed pages in history – which means no unwanted and unwarranted attention!
The description of the browser on Google Play Store goes like this: “Internet browser is lighter than the competition. This means more storage to download the latest videos and music from your favourite sites. Get new features regularly, with updates so small you may even decide to download them with your data plan.”
Although the launch of the browser is also aimed at countering the sluggish internet speed and facilitate browsing on low-end handsets, the prevailing debate on online privacy has made this development extremely significantly. It will quite clear that Internet won’t be able to put an end to the raging discussion on the data privacy on the web. It will surely set things up for a new debate.
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