Samsung adds ad-blocking and fingerprint protected Secret Mode to Android browser

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We’ve just posted the following news: Samsung adds ad-blocking and fingerprint protected Secret Mode to Android browser[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2016/03/myce-samsung-adblock-95x75.png[/newsimage]

A new version of Samsung’s default mobile browser offers adblocking and more advanced privacy settings. Version 4.0 is now available and requires a third party app such as Adblock Fast or AdBlock Plus for the Samsung browser to do the actual ad blocking.

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#2

If this new Secret Mode “never leaves a trail of your browsing data”, then why do you need to give it your finger print to use it? The point of Secret Mode, Chrome/Chromium’s Incognito mode, Internet Explorer’s InPrivate mode, Firefox’s Private mode, etc. is to give users a limited amount of anonymity. Personally identifying yourself is literally the exact opposite of anonymity. So, when users have to give their fingerprints to use this new mode, I can’t help but assume Samsung is sharing that data with others. I’ll bet we’ll see new stories about how Samsung devices are sending fingerprints, without encryption, across the internet to Samsung. I wonder how much Big Brother is paying Samsung for these finger prints.