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what distro asked permission to do this and was refused?
or are you just assuming that mozilla would refuse permission for any plugin that claimed to increase privacy?
where does it says that?
Posted Aug 12, 2009 11:23 UTC (Wed) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
customize-google is a better example of a privacy plugin than
adblock. It also can block Google ads, but the cookie privacy protection is the most important feature.
Let's look at the facts:
I found this 2007 article interesting: A dangerous conflict of interest between Firefox and Google.
No, I don't have a link to a communication from Mozilla saying they'd block customize-google. I haven't really looked. I hope I stumble upon something like that some day. Until then, everything indicates that Google is Mozilla's boss and privacy features are not allowed. I don't
see Mozilla denying any of these accusations either.
Posted Aug 12, 2009 14:01 UTC (Wed) by AndreE (subscriber, #60148)
- from the comments, it seems that a number of Mozilla developers privately contacted the author and voiced some disagreements.
-In the comments, the developer of AdBlock Plus states that he was asked my MoCo to spec out integration but declined due to his time constraints
-The XSS thing he points to is very melodramatic. He didn't even bother to correctly summarise the issue. He adds his own hyperbole to the hyperbole of the very biased reporter.
-there is an excellent comment about the inclusion of customize-google. Having a site specific extension that needs continual monitoring to verify its functionality added to the default build really doesn't make any sense at all.
Seriously, that article is just terrible.
There are some legitimate concerns about MoCo and Google, but to be so badly informed and push hype and fact ... oh wait I guess that IS modern journalism.
Posted Aug 13, 2009 15:50 UTC (Thu) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
I still think Mozilla's lack of efforts to improve online privacy is disappointing (and their financial dependence on Google is the only realistic explanation), and that they go too far in using their trademark to prevent others from integrating privacy features.
exactly what privacy features do you want?
Posted Aug 13, 2009 15:57 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
exactly what is it that you want to see happen?
and please don't respond 'ship privacy modules by default', state what you want the privacy modules to do.
In my opinion, 'protecting privacy' is like 'blocking spam', everyone agrees that it's a good idea, but when you get down to the nitty-gritty of exactly what to do people can't agree on what is a reasonable trade-off between protection and false-positives breaking something that you want to work.
Posted Aug 13, 2009 17:57 UTC (Thu) by coriordan (guest, #7544)
> exactly what is it that you want to see happen?
Despite Mozilla's massive amount of funding, large developer team,
and proven ability to innovate, I suspect you're going to reject any
suggestion I offer that would require them to invest more than one
programmer-day of work. So I'll start dead simple:
How about blocking cookies that are known to be of no use to the
Even just one. Pick one single cookie that tracks users and
provides no benefit, and block it. This would be better than
nothing, but they don't do it.
By putting in more than one programmer-day of effort, this could be
well done. Maybe maintain a very conservative list of bad cookies
(I think there's already a similar feature about a list of phishing
sites to avoid, so maybe this idea could be implemented similarly),
and block them. Maybe block DoubleClick's cookie?
mozdev for "privacy", I get 215 hits. Most aren't
about online privacy, but there must be some ideas in there that
aren't too hard to implement or adapt.
Posted Aug 13, 2009 18:16 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
however, your example is exactly what I feared it would be.
you want someone to appoint themselves the arbitrators of what cookies should be allowed and what ones should be blocked (either by name or by server)
I have _no_ objection to people creating such lists and allowing users to opt to use such lists.
however I have a very strong objection to building such blacklists into the application by default.
the history of blacklisting should prove this. if blacklists were so obviously good and infallible they would be built into every mail server and every mail client. they aren't (although support for them is common in mail servers), precisely because different people have different opinions on what should be blocked.
firefox already _has_ extensive privacy features, they just aren't configured the way that you want to force everyone to have them configured out of the box.
firefox has per-domain controls over cookies (to deny cookies from that domain), all that someone would have to do is to pre-populate that file, no mozilla programming time needed.
as for the 215 hits on "privacy", I don't care how many ideas there are, or how hard to implement. what I want to know is if they are something that _nobody_ objects to (not just none of the privacy advocates object to)
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