Study finds brave browser collects least data

Douglas J. Leith, trinity professor at Trinity College, Dublin, publishes a study, Web Browser Privacy: What Do Browsers Say When When Phone Home (PDF), analyzing Google Chrom e, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Brave, Microsoft Edge, and Yandex Browser collect user data.

The authors collected network traffic from browsers when they first installed, turned off reboots, pastes and entered URLs, and idle, showing that Brave sent the least amount of data, followed by Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, with Edge and Yandex Browser collecting the most.

Study finds brave browser collects least data

The data that Brave sends to its servers does not find user identification; the telemetry sent by Chrome, Firefox, and Safari includes browser identifiers and user-entered URL information; Firefox can set to turn off telemetry but is enabled by default; and Microsoft The data sent by Edge and Yandex Browser includes a unique identifier associated with the device hardware, Edge sends the hardware UUID, and Yandex sends the hardware serial number and MAC address.