UC San Diego developed a tool called SugarCoat
A team of computer scientists at the University of California San Diego and Brave Software have developed a tool that will increase protections for users’ private data while they browse the web.
The tool, named SugarCoat, targets scripts that harm users’ privacy—for example, by tracking their browsing history around the Web—yet are essential for the websites that embed them to function. SugarCoat replaces these scripts with scripts that have the same properties, minus the privacy-harming features. SugarCoat is designed to be integrated into existing privacy-focused browsers like Brave, Firefox, and Tor, and browser extensions like uBlock Origin. SugarCoat is open source and is currently being integrated into the Brave browser.
“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,” said Deian Stefan, an assistant professor in the UC San Diego Department of Computer Science and Engineering. “SugarCoat eliminates this trade-off by allowing the scripts to run, thus preserving compatibility, while preventing the scripts from accessing user-private data.”
I emailed the author of that article and was told SugarCoat was enabled in the latest version of Brave. If so, how do you see it or know it’s working?
Here’s the SugarCoat GitHub
It sounds like a really awesome privacy enhancing tool. I just wanted to check from the devs if this is actually implemented yet.
I’m currently running Brave Version 1.32.115 Chromium: 96.0.4664.93 (Official Build) (64-bit)