Privacy Badger automatically learns to block invisible trackers.
What is Privacy Badger?
Privacy Badger is a Chrome extension developed by the EFF. It's an automatic blocker that learns and blocks invisible trackers, offering enhanced internet privacy. It achieves this by sending 'Global Privacy Control' and 'Do Not Track' signals and opts users out of data sharing and selling. In addition, it replaces potential trackers with click-to-activate placeholders, removes outgoing link click tracking on social media platforms, and continues to develop more privacy protections. Notably, Privacy Badger does not share user browsing data unless the user chooses to share it.
Instead of keeping lists of what to block, Privacy Badger automatically discovers trackers based on their behavior. Privacy Badger sends the Global Privacy Control signal to opt you out of data sharing and selling, and the Do Not Track signal to tell companies not to track you. If trackers ignore your wishes, Privacy Badger will learn to block them.
Besides automatic tracker blocking, Privacy Badger replaces potentially useful trackers (video players, comments widgets, etc.) with click-to-activate placeholders, and removes outgoing link click tracking on Facebook and Google, with more privacy protections on the way. To learn more, see our FAQ at https://privacybadger.org/#faq
*** Why does Privacy Badger need to read and change all my data on the websites I visit? ***
When you install Privacy Badger, your browser warns that Privacy Badger can “read and change all your data on the websites you visit”. You are right to be alarmed. You should only install extensions made by organizations you trust.
Privacy Badger requires these permissions to do its job of automatically detecting and blocking trackers on all websites you visit. We are not ironically (or unironically) spying on you. For more information, see our Privacy Badger extension permissions explainer: https://github.com/EFForg/privacybadger/blob/master/doc/permissions.md
User reviews summary
- Effective at blocking tracking cookies
- Approved and supported by EFF.org
- Easy to use and adjust settings as needed
- Enhances privacy while browsing
- Can cause some websites to malfunction
- Often opens a new tab upon browser start
- Issues with breaking site logins
- Has reportedly caused browser crashes for some users
- Blocking tracking cookies
- Trouble with site functionality
- Support from EFF.org
- Pop up upon browser start
Privacy Badger is not very risky to use and it requires a lot of sensitive permissions. Avoid installing this extension unless you absolutely trust this publisher.
Privacy Badger has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.
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