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Protecting Users' Private Data While They Browse

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The SugarCoat tool targets Website scripts that harm users' privacy and replaces them with others that have the same properties, minus privacy-harming features.

Credit: Jon Han

The SugarCoat tool developed by scientists associated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Brave Software, with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, can protect users' private data while they browse the Web.

SugarCoat replaces privacy-harming scripts that are critical for Website function with innocuous substitutes that have the same properties.

The open-source tool is designed to be integrated into privacy-focused browsers such as Brave, Firefox, and Tor, plus browser extensions like uBlock Origin.

UCSD's Deian Stefan said, "SugarCoat is a practical system designed to address the lose-lose dilemma that privacy-focused tools face today: block privacy-harming scripts but break Websites that rely on them, or keep sites working, but give up on privacy."

From National Science Foundation
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