Edge lets you halt privacy protection to view embedded video

by Don Sharpe
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  • The new Storage Access API lets developers make a provision for the temporary suspension of privacy tracking in Edge.
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For a long time, watching embedded videos in Microsoft Edge or any other browser has never been a big deal.

In fact, interacting with any third-party content, including social media widgets, has been a breeze for many browser users. But stricter browser privacy preferences have changed everything.

And now, depending on your browser privacy settings, you may be denied access to online videos shared to a third-party site.

That may not be a big issue anymore, thanks to the new Microsoft Edge Storage Access API.

Microsoft Edge 84.0.522.40 introduces the Storage Access API

If you’ve activated tracking prevention in Edge, then certain sites may not access/use your browser’s storage or cookies. That’s for your own protection, of course.

But if you try interacting with or viewing embedded content on any of the blocked sites, you’ll fail. That’s because the third-party websites require access to your browser storage, which is only accessible in a first-party context.

With the new Storage Access API, developers can make a provision for the temporary suspension of such storage access restrictions.

So, next time you try watching embedded videos, don’t be shocked to encounter a request to let a site access your cookies and site data. You can still deny the request to continue protecting your browsing privacy in Microsoft Edge.

While the Storage Access API is the brainchild of Microsoft,Chrome and Firefox are developing or experimenting on it.

Microsoft says:

This API allows access to first-party storage in a third-party context when a user provides a direct intent to allow storage that would otherwise be blocked by the browser‘s current configuration.

Once a site has acquired access to your browser’s storage, it retains it for 30 days. Would you suspend your privacy protection for this long?

Well, you can still go to the edge://settings/content/cookies page to revoke the storage access you’ve given to any site.

Do you have any privacy concerns about the new Microsoft Edge Storage Access update? Drop us a message in the comments section below.

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