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Re: Request to delay 3P Cookies Phase Out

From: Marshall Vale <mjv@google.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:00:19 -0400
Message-ID: <CAPfnFNTZXCzNCEPFySr_73A9AgLmsYfy4qT7QX4EvuDtrC9wLg@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-web-adv@w3.org" <public-web-adv@w3.org>
Cc: Pedro Alvarado <Pedro.Alvarado@resonate.com>, Shailesh Lohiya <shailesh.lohiya@gmail.com>
Hi all--

We appreciate you raising this issue. We’re closely monitoring developments
around COVID-19 and the impact it’s having on our partners in the web
ecosystem. These are uncertain and challenging times for everyone, and
we're committed to supporting the larger web community throughout this.

We believe that at this point, a discussion around adjusting timelines is
premature. We are confident that with continued iteration and feedback,
privacy-preserving and open-standard mechanisms like the Privacy Sandbox
can sustain a healthy, ad-supported web in a way that will render
third-party cookies obsolete. As you know, we've committed to only phasing
out support for third party cookies once the needs of users and sites
(including publishers and advertisers) are addressed. We’ve said that we
can’t reach this point alone, and need the entire ecosystem to engage on
these proposals, and that plan hasn’t changed.

At this time, we can't know in what ways or for how long COVID-19 will
impact the web ecosystem's ability to experiment with these new mechanisms,
test whether they work well in various situations, and develop supporting
implementations. We will of course continue to revisit this topic as the
situation evolves.

Marshall Vale
Product Manager, Chrome Browser

On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 9:36 AM Shailesh Lohiya <shailesh.lohiya@gmail.com>

> I second Pedro's proposal. We are also a small company providing video
> management solutions (both live and VOD) to enterprises and government.
> With COVID19, our company's focus has been shifted to helping other
> companies do large webcast/webinars as employees are working from home. The
> way this 3p cookies impact us is that lot of our customers embed our
> application's videos into other platform like Sharepoint, Wordpress,
> ServiceNow etc. We are not advertisers or do not use advertisements and we
> are an enterprise software company. We were in the midst of evaluating this
> change on how it impacts us and then COVID19 happened.
> Thanks
> Shailesh Lohiya
> VP, Software Engineering
> Vbrick
> https://www.vbrick.com
> On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 8:09 AM Pedro Alvarado <
> Pedro.Alvarado@resonate.com> wrote:
>> Hello Everyone,
>> Short of a better channel and hoping that this message reaches the right
>> decision-makers, in light of COVID-19, allow me to request that we push the
>> timeline to phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome by six
>> months to a year.
>> I work for a company that helps businesses understand why groups of
>> people behave the way they do.
>> Since February, we have been working to understand the privacy-sandbox
>> proposals and to understand how we can adapt our software. As a result of
>> the COVID-19 world we now live in, like many others, we have aggressively
>> shifted our gears to help businesses understand how groups of people are
>> responding to the tremendous amount of change COVID-19 brings to our lives.
>> For example, we are helping businesses understand how likely people are
>> to cancel a subscription service, make a significant purchase (e.g.,
>> house), book a hotel, or having to declare bankruptcy within 90 days and on
>> a continuous basis.
>> Today, we think COVID-19 will significantly impact our research and
>> development efforts for six months to a year.
>> There are three reasons for this impact. First, our top priority is to
>> keep our employees and communities safe. As a result, like others, we are
>> adapting to a prolonged shelter-in-place environment and challenges
>> thereof. Next, we are allocating as many resources as possible to ensure
>> the health of our business network: customers and partners. Lastly, we
>> observe a high degree of uncertainty surrounding our customers and our own
>> business; hence, we need to be conservative in our actions.
>> By pushing the timeline to phase out support for third-party cookies in
>> Chrome, you can help small to medium sized businesses like ours, and our
>> customers succeed during these difficult times.
>> Sincerely,
>> Pedro Alvarado
>> VP Engineering
>> resonate.com
Received on Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:12:57 UTC

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