Wednesday, 21 October 2020 08:45

Google says bug causing Chrome cookie issue only on its own sites

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Google claims that a bug in its Chrome browser is the reason why deleting cookies from the application does not get rid of cookies from its own sites such as Search and YouTube after the browser is closed and restarted.

A company spokesperson told iTWire in response to a query for comment: "We are aware of a bug in Chrome that is impacting how cookies are cleared on some first-party Google websites.

"We are investigating the issue, and plan to roll out a fix in the coming days."

No explanation was offered as to how a bug in the code could only affect Google's own sites and not others.

As iTWire reported on Monday, professional Mac and iOS software engineer Jeff Johnson wrote a blog post describing the problem.

He used the cookies and site data settings from Chrome's Preferences menu and also tried the direct way, using the chrome://settings/cookies in the address bar.

Using either of these routes, it was possible to enable the setting, "Clear cookies and site data when you quit Chrome".

But he found that after a visit to YouTube, the database storage, local storage, and service workers were still there after shutting down Chrome and starting it again.

The same thing happened when he visited Google's Search site.

Experimenting with Apple, he found that all cookies disappeared when he shut down Chrome and restarted.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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