At the end of July, Google promises to release a Chrome update that will remedy a loophole that has allowed sites to detect people who are browsing in Incognito Mode.
The company will use the July 30th release of Chrome 76 to close a "loophole" where sites could check for Chrome's FileSystem framework (disabled in Incognito Mode) and use its absence to detect a private session. Google will also change any other methods of detecting Incognito going forward.
While people use private browsing to dodge site paywalls, people may have far more serious reasons for staying anonymous. Google suggested that publishers avoid reactions to the Chrome change and instead consider either more "generous" free view allowances or requiring a free registration for all content, not just under certain articles or conditions.
"We want you to be able to access the web privately, with the assurance that your choice to do so is private as well. These principles are consistent with emerging web standards for private browsing modes," said Barb Palser, Google's Partner Development Manager, News and Web Partnerships.