Google Sets the Stage: The Sunset of Third-Party Cookies Begins
Google is stepping forward in ushering out the era of third-party cookies, introducing its new feature known as Tracking Protection. Starting from January 4, 2024, 1% of Chrome users worldwide will experience this change.
Users impacted by this shift will receive a notification when they launch Chrome, whether it’s on desktop or Android platforms.
This move demands a strategic shift for marketers who heavily rely on targeted advertising through third-party cookies. It’s time to rethink and adapt your marketing strategies to stay relevant even when third-party cookies are completely phased out by Google, forecasted to happen in the second half of 2024.
The full impact of Tracking Protection’s rollout remains to be seen. Conversations within digital marketing communities indicate that many advertisers are still unprepared for the end of third-party cookies.
It’s critical to be aware of potential issues if your website depends on third-party cookies. If problems arise due to Tracking Protection (for instance, the need to refresh pages excessively), Chrome will suggest a temporary reactivation of third-party cookies via the eye icon located on the right of the address bar.
To understand better, third-party cookies are small data fragments placed on a user’s device by a different website than the one being browsed. These cookies monitor users’ browsing history, thereby facilitating personalized advertising based on individual activities.
Google’s decision to start phasing out third-party cookies by the second half of 2024 is a significant step in its Privacy Sandbox initiative. The final call is, however, pendulant on addressing competition concerns presented by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.
For a more in-depth understanding, do explore ‘SEO and the future world without cookies‘ by Adam Audette, a trusted voice at Search Engine Land. This piece discusses the after-effects of a cookieless world on SEO and PPC marketers.
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