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d01bcc197113809ea7db8aface511aa459b3a036 — Rohan Kumar 5 months ago 2ae6abb
Clarification on exclusion from cohort calculation

Being excluded from cohort calculation doesn't necessarily make users
less unique.
M content/posts/permissions-policy-floc-misinfo.gmi => content/posts/permissions-policy-floc-misinfo.gmi +5 -1
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## What explicitly opting out actually entails

What adding this header does is exclude your website from being used when calcualting a user's cohort. Cohorts are calculated locally from browsing history; sites that send this header will be excluded from this calculation. This may or may not reduce the entropy gained by a FLoC ID, depending on how well or poorly your site serves as an identifier. Given this marginal improvement, I don't think it's right to place a burden or blame on webmasters when the burden and blame should rightfully be directed at those responsible for rolling this antifeature out in Chromium. We shouldn't expect webmasters to add a tag or header every time Google advances the war against its own users.
What adding this header does is exclude your website from being used when calcualting a user's cohort. A cohort is an identifier shared with a few thousand other users, calculated locally from browsing history; sites that send this header will be excluded from this calculation. The EFF estimates that a cohort ID can add up to 8 bits of of entropy to a user's fingerprint.

Being excluded from cohort calculation has a chance to place a user in a different cohort, altering a user's fingerprint. This new fingerprint may or may not have more entropy than the one derived without being excluded.

Given this marginal improvement, I don't think it's right to place a burden or blame on webmasters when the burden and blame should rightfully be directed at those responsible for rolling this antifeature out in Chromium. We shouldn't expect webmasters to add a tag or header every time Google advances the war against its own users.

## How Permissions Policy works


M content/posts/permissions-policy-floc-misinfo.md => content/posts/permissions-policy-floc-misinfo.md +5 -1
@@ 32,7 32,11 @@ As per a [post](https://web.dev/floc/) on Google's web development blog, web.dev
What explicitly opting out actually entails
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What adding this header does is exclude your website from being used when calcualting a user's cohort. Cohorts are calculated locally from browsing history; sites that send this header will be excluded from this calculation. This may or may not reduce the entropy gained by a FLoC ID, depending on how well or poorly your site serves as an identifier. Given this marginal improvement, I don't think it's right to place a burden or blame on webmasters when the burden and blame should rightfully be directed at those responsible for rolling this antifeature out in Chromium. We shouldn't expect webmasters to add a tag or header every time Google advances the war against its own users.
What adding this header does is exclude your website from being used when calcualting a user's cohort. A cohort is an identifier shared with a few thousand other users, calculated locally from browsing history; sites that send this header will be excluded from this calculation. The EFF estimates that a cohort ID can add up to 8 bits of of entropy to a user's fingerprint.

Being excluded from cohort calculation has a chance to place a user in a different cohort, altering a user's fingerprint. This new fingerprint may or may not have more entropy than the one derived without being excluded.

Given this marginal improvement, I don't think it's right to place a burden or blame on webmasters when the burden and blame should rightfully be directed at those responsible for rolling this antifeature out in Chromium. We shouldn't expect webmasters to add a tag or header every time Google advances the war against its own users.

How Permissions Policy works
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