Site-Level Cookie Management

I love that the Brave app currently blocks third-party tracking; however, I’d like to see inclusion of cookie and device recognition options in the Brave Shields menu on iOS, in the same way as the desktop version.

Currently, the only way to limit 1st-party cookies is to clear all of them, manually, after a browsing session. This presents two problems to me. First, I do have a few sites that I trust and want to retain cookies for (e.g. qwant, to retain my search settings). More broadly, this takes an “opt-out” approach to 1st-party cookie management; I have to put in additional work to get rid of them, not to keep them.

The ability to set defaults (allow all, block 3rd-party, block all) and tweak for individual websites would allow users to determine for themselves whether they want an opt-in or opt-out experience. I, for example, could block all cookies but add Qwant to an “allowed” list. A user with different priorities could keep the current setup, but still block all cookies on sites they absolutely do not trust. In general, users would get to choose their privacy experience when browsing the web, with the added bonus of a UI that is more contiguous across devices.

Regardless, I’ve been pleased with my experience in Brave- keep up the good work, devs.

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Totally agree, would be nice. Sounds like some people want two versions of shield. We’d have a regular shield, with granular cookie control, and then a private shield, also with the per-site cookie controls.

Similar requests from the past:

November 21, 2019: Specific shield configuration for private windows

August 25, 2019: Cookies control