Your computer should say what you tell it to say

Google is planning to add code to Chrome that will send tamper-proof information about users’ operating systems and software to websites. While Google claims this will reduce ad fraud, it also reduces users’ control over their own computers and could lead to websites blocking access for those using unapproved operating systems and browsers. Remote attestation, a feature of secure computing, allows devices to provide detailed information about hardware and software to other parties. Google’s proposal, called Web Environment Integrity (WEI), raises concerns about privacy and autonomy, as it could give websites the power to dictate which browsers and operating systems users can use. The Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that users should have the final say over what information their computers share and that an open web is essential for digital rights.

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