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Private browsing mode wasn't (originally) intended to to prevent tracking by websites. It's goal was to keep your browsing history locally private. (i.e. keep your pr0n viewing out of the local browsing history so your friends wouldn't see what kind of porn you like when they borrow your laptop to check their email.

That definition has expanded a bit (very) recently, but preventing website tracking is usually a separate feature (adblockers, noscript, automatic cookie deletion tools, firefox's recent "tracking blocker").

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