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Windows 7: USER-TRACKING Firefox sparks Mozilla civil war

07 Feb 2012   #1
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USER-TRACKING Firefox sparks Mozilla civil war

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Mozilla coders are arguing among themselves about the open-source outfit's Metrics Data Ping project, which was designed to monitor Firefox usage metrics. Several coders in the Mozilla camp have expressed concern about how some developers are proposing the project should collect data from users of the browser.
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07 Feb 2012   #2

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

wow thanks brink sir.
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07 Feb 2012   #3

 

Sounds like a chip off the proverbial Apple...
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07 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

We are running out of places and people we can trust.
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07 Feb 2012   #5

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
We are running out of places and people we can trust.
good point -- technology wise and also financially -- look at this so-called economic 'recovery' .. anyhow, i digress ..
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07 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

If you look in a Chromium snap shot using about:flags there's an entry "Disable hyperlink auditing" that may be similar.

I don't know much about it except I've heard it sends a "ping" every time you click a link with a packet of info about who is going where. It would be interesting if anyone knows more.
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22 Feb 2012   #7

win 7 ult 32 bit
 
 

thx Brink for the info, this is scary, been using fox for years
makes me wonder as i also use thunderbird email client...

maybe i code a secure shell and make a simple DIY browser
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23 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Check your options in FF for this little jewel.

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What information are they collecting now?

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Usage Statistics (also known as Telemetry). Beginning with version 7, Firefox includes functionality that is turned off by default to send to Mozilla non-personal usage, performance, and responsiveness statistics about user interface features, memory, and hardware configuration. The only Potentially Personal Information sent to Mozilla when this functionality has been enabled is IP addresses. Usage statistics are transmitted using SSL (a method of protecting data in transit) and help us improve future versions of Firefox. Once sent to Mozilla, usage statistics are stored in an aggregate form and made available to a broad range of developers, including both Mozilla employees and public contributors. Once this functionality is enabled, users can disable it in Firefox's Options/Preferences. Simply deselect the "Submit performance data" item.

Jim


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23 Feb 2012   #9

Win7 Ultimate
 
 

Remember xfiles-trust no one!
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23 Feb 2012   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

This seems to be going against the flow, as far as browser privacy issues go. The trend is toward designing opt-out features for user tracking via cookies, as can be seen in this thead:

"Do Not Track" feature support in Opera - Security and privacy in Opera - Opera Community

Why would Mozilla think that it is any different for them to collect data, than other websites that they are trying to block?
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