As of January 2, Google Drive will no longer necessitate third-party cookies for file downloads

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Google Drive to Eliminate Requirement for Third-Party Cookies for File Downloads, Enhancing User Privacy Starting January 2, 2024

Google has recently made a series of significant announcements, including the introduction of an AI-powered Google search experience, the default adoption of passkeys for sign-ins, and the extension of the discover feed to desktop users. Another noteworthy development is Google’s decision to eliminate the requirement for enabling third-party cookies when downloading files through Google Drive.

Up to this point, users have had to enable third-party cookies in their web browsers to download files from Google Drive. However, this is about to change. Read on to learn about Google’s latest announcement and how it will impact your daily usage of Google Drive.

Google Drive Removes the Need for Third-Party Cookies: As per an update from IANS, Google has stated, “Starting January 2, 2024, Drive will begin serving downloads without the need for third-party cookies.” Additionally, if you are currently working on projects that rely on Google Drive’s download URLs or use apps dependent on Drive’s download URLs, you will need to transition to Drive and Docs publishing flows by January 2.

The company further explains, “For Workspace files (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms), please use the Google Docs publishing URL for the file.” This change will affect both Google Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts.

The removal of the requirement for third-party cookies for file downloads aligns Google with the practices of other search engine providers such as Apple and Mozilla. Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox already block third-party cookies by default, a measure taken to enhance online user safety and security.

For those unfamiliar with the term, cookies are small files used by websites to track users’ online activity and preferences. While cookies can improve the browsing experience, they also raise privacy concerns.

Google’s Introduction of Passkeys: In another recent announcement, Google declared passkeys as the default sign-in method for authentication across all personal Google accounts on its services and platforms. This means that once you have set up a passkey associated with a device, you can log in to your Google accounts without the need for a password or 2-Step Verification (2SV).

The company positions passkeys as a user-friendly and secure alternative to traditional passwords. Passkeys were introduced in May 2022 and were integrated into the Android OS and Chrome in October 2022. By May 2023, Google had extended support for passkeys to personal Google accounts. It’s worth noting that passkeys are compatible with popular web browsers and operating systems, including Windows, macOS, iOS, and ChromeOS.

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