Chrome improves privacy when it comes to OS accessing Clipboard Data in Incognito Mode

Copied data won’t be stored in clipboard history or synced anymore

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Not that long ago, we wrote that Google has improved Chrome privacy in Incognito mode on Mac by fixing the clipboard issues.

After fixing this issue on macOS, it seems that the changes are coming to both Windows and Android platforms as well.

Google to make changes to clipboard data syncing when using Incognito Mode

Google developers noticed that data copied in Incognito mode in Chrome is being stored in clipboard history and synchronized across all devices.

Microsoft and Google collaborated on this and managed to identify specific formats for Windows and macOS that prevent clipboard data from being shared or included in history.

Google has made certain changes, and the data copied in the Incognito mode will now be treated as private. Here’s how the changes will be implemented across different platforms.

  • Windows: Clipboard will be prevented from writing data into clipboard history and cloud clipboard if the data copied is from the Incognito window. This includes all data, including data from Ominox views.
  • Mac: There’s no special type for pasteboard history, but when using Incognito Mode, the pasteboard can be marked for the current host only preventing data syncing. As for passwords, they are marked as confidential while being copied to the pasteboard.
  • Android: Passwords are marked as sensitive.

Chome also sets copied data from bookmarks in incognito as private on Windows. As for Mac, the copied bookmark data in Incognito is marked as off the record.

While the bug seems to be fixed according to the Chromium developers, we still are waiting for the change to be added to the stable version of Chrome.

As for other security features, Chrome can now detect symbolic links, and Google is also testing a feature that will prevent keyboard spying by websites.

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