Privacy issue with AOM
jsabash at bellatlantic.net
Sat Mar 12 20:22:34 UTC 2011
What happens when you click on the the "Get Add-ons" tab in the AOM.
<http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/legal/privacy/firefox.html> (Is there such
a document specifically for TB ?)
Get Add-ons Page
Firefox offers a Get Add-ons page of the Add-ons Manager that features
popular add-ons and displays personalized recommendations based on the
add-ons you already have installed.
This page can be accessed by clicking (or tapping on a mobile device)
on the "Get Add-ons" tab of the Firefox Add-ons Manager. To display the
personalized recommendations, Firefox sends certain information to
Mozilla, including the list of add-ons you have installed, Firefox
version information, and your IP address. This communication only
happens when the Get Add-ons area is open and can be turned off at any
time by opting out of Automatic Updates from the Add-ons Manager.
I can't say if the above statement is correct or not for FF4, but it's
not true for TB trunk.
An additional pref is involved (extensions.getAddons.cache.enabled)
Disabling automatic extension updates does _not_ disable the interactive
This sort of Web interactivity might be expected for a browser, but
might be very surprising
for some folks to encounter in a mail client.
Further; clicking on the "What's this" in the discovery pane gives no
clue of what just
transpired, and how to opt-out if desired.
Bug #640033 <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=640033> is
about adding UI to enable an opt-out to the discovery pane
I would also suggest changes to TB faq
explaining the discovery process and how to
opt-out if so desired.
I'm not a privacy paranoid by any means, but let's not make "check in
equate to "check behind your back" The end user should always know whats
and have any easy way to opt-out.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the tb-planning