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Section: New Software and Platforms

Server-Side Protection against Third Party Web Tracking

Keywords: Privacy - Web Application - Web - Architecture - Security by design - Program rewriting techniques

Functional Description: We present a new web application architecture that allows web developers to gain control over certain types of third party content. In the traditional web application architecture, a web application developer has no control over third party content. This allows the exchange of tracking information between the browser and the third party content provider.

To prevent this, our solution is based on the automatic rewriting of the web application in such a way that the third party requests are redirected to a trusted third party server, called the Middle Party Server. It may be either controlled by a trusted party, or by a main site owner and automatically eliminates third-party tracking cookies and other technologies that may be exchanged by the browser and third party server