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Brave will soon support a new Unlinkable Bouncing feature that improves the web browser’s tracking protection functionality.

“This feature protects your privacy by noticing when you’re about to visit a privacy harming (or otherwise suspect) website, and instead routes that visit through a new, temporary browser storage,” Brave software engineer Aleksey Khoroshilov and senior software engineer Ivan Efremov write in the announcement post. “This prevents the site from identifying you by tying your footprint to that of previous visits, but allows the site to otherwise function as normal.”

Basically, Unlinkable Bouncing makes it appear that each of your visits to a site is a unique, first-time visit, creating what Brave calls an anonymous digital profile. And because the temporary storage it creates is deleted when you browse away from the suspect site, it can never re-identify you when you visit in the future. The feature is part of a broader capability that Brave is developing called “first-party ephemeral storage,” which is similar to—-but more powerful and user-friendly than—clearing the browser storage every time you leave a site.

Today, Brave’s tracking protection also includes query parameter stripping, debouncing, and bounce-tracking interstitial features. But Unlinkable Bouncing is enabled in Brave Nightly, and it will be part of Brave’s stable release soon, in version 1.37.

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