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Privacy policies and Mozilla's compromised position
Posted Aug 8, 2009 9:58 UTC (Sat) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
Where are the "Firefox" webbrowsers that include Tor anonymity plugins? Adblock plugins? Anonymised search plugins?
There are none because such configurations would reduce the amount of personal info being received by Mozilla's financial boss, Google.
Posted Aug 8, 2009 17:47 UTC (Sat) by sbergman27 (guest, #10767)
Posted Aug 10, 2009 8:18 UTC (Mon) by regala (subscriber, #15745)
hmmm, God bless you then...
Posted Aug 9, 2009 15:03 UTC (Sun) by AndreE (subscriber, #60148)
Are these addons rendered ineffective by some hardcoded usage sharing in Firefox?
Posted Aug 9, 2009 21:26 UTC (Sun) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
They work fine, and using them is a great idea. And because Firefox is free software, Mozilla can't prevent you from using them.
The question is, why are these great plugins that protect user privacy not included in the default install?
The answer is that Mozilla's funding comes almost exclusively from Google, and Google's business model is based on gather as much personal information about Internet users as possible.
Tech savvy users like you and I are fine, we install plugins or switch to other software, but our parents and children will mostly install Mozilla's Firefox without any plugins, and they won't benefit from any of the privacy protection which is widely available.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 15:12 UTC (Mon) by nick.lowe (guest, #54609)
Firefox just has its default homepage set to http://www.google.com/firefox
Most of Mozilla's revenue derives from traffic sent to Google at that
(The theory being most people won't change it to http://www.google.com/ if
they want Google set as their homepage.)
Posted Aug 12, 2009 2:26 UTC (Wed) by k8to (subscriber, #15413)
Posted Aug 9, 2009 17:36 UTC (Sun) by tzafrir (subscriber, #11501)
Posted Aug 11, 2009 5:20 UTC (Tue) by roc (subscriber, #30627)
So what on earth are you talking about?
Posted Aug 11, 2009 5:22 UTC (Tue) by roc (subscriber, #30627)
Using Google as the default search provider in Firefox gives Google no more "personal info" than if you did the search by visiting google.com *in any other browser*.
These claims that Mozilla configures Firefox to ship masses of personal information to Google are, as far as I can tell, false.
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