Google engineers reportedthat temporarily suspend the deployment of the SameSite cookies protection mechanism, which was enabled for a limited number of Chrome 80 users in February of this year. Because of the coronavirus, companies do not want to provoke website crashes and create additional problems with their availability. Due to widespread quarantine and the transition to remote work, companies and IT personnel already have enough problems.
“In light of the extraordinary global circumstances caused by COVID-19, from now on, we are temporarily abandoning the use of SameSite,” said the head of Chrome Engineering on the company's blog. “Although most of the web ecosystem was ready for these changes, we want to ensure the stability of sites that provide essential services such as banking, food delivery, government services and healthcare that help support our daily lives in these times.”
These changes have already had a big impact on the online advertising industry and web analytics companies. So, Google announced support for the SameSite cookie in May 2019, and after that, most advertising and analytic companies have already switched to other methods of tracking users.
Chrome developers write that, of course, they are not going to refuse to implement the SameSite cookie. The function will have to resume its work, and tentatively during the summer the deployment will continue.