Google Blocks YouTube for Some Microsoft Edge Users: Privacy Settings Clash
Stricter Online Privacy Options in Edge Clash with Google's YouTube Access
Some Microsoft Edge users with stringent online privacy settings are facing issues when trying to access YouTube. Google seems to be blocking access to the video-sharing platform for users who have opted for the ‘Strict’ option in Edge’s tracking prevention feature. This particular setting aims to enhance privacy by blocking trackers and minimizing the level of personalization in advertisements, which, in turn, restricts the personal data Google can extract from the browser for targeted ad delivery.
Earlier this year, Google began testing measures to block users who employed ad blockers. If it detected an ad blocker running, YouTube would deny access to content until the ad blocker was turned off. Now, it appears that this practice extends to some Microsoft Edge users who have embraced stricter privacy settings.