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The Brave browser does not collect idenfiers that can track IP addresses over time.

A study of the privacy protection provided by different browsers ranked upstart browser Brave at the top of the list.

Credit: Brave.com

A study of the privacy protection provided by major browsers ranked upstart browser Brave at the top of the list.

In the study, computer scientist Doug Leith at Ireland's Trinity College Dublin analyzed browsers' transmission of data that could be used to monitor users over time.

Microsoft Edge and Russia's Yandex tied for the lowest ranking, while Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari were ranked in the middle.

Edge and Yandex transmit persistent identifiers that can be used to tie requests and associated Internet Protocol (IP) address/location to backend servers.

Brave's default settings offer the most privacy, with no collection of identifiers permitting the tracking of IP addresses over time, and no sharing of details of webpages visited with backend servers.

From Ars Technica
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