Privacy implications of email tracking

Christian Riechers chriechers at aim.com
Mon Oct 2 09:29:47 UTC 2017


On 10/2/17 1:41 AM, Matt Harris wrote:
> On 02-Oct-17 9:39 AM, Ben Bucksch wrote:
>> Gervase Markham wrote on 01.10.17 18:45:
>>> This blog post summarises and links to what seems to be an interesting
>>> paper about email privacy and tracking:
>>> https://freedom-to-tinker.com/2017/09/28/i-never-signed-up-for-this-privacy-implications-of-email-tracking/
>>>
>>> I'm offline as I write so I've not had a chance to read it, but they
>>> say:
>>>
>>> "In Section 6.2 of the paper we survey 16 mail clients and find that a
>>> patchwork of privacy features are employed, but that no setup offers
>>> complete protection from the threats we identify."
>>>
>>> Thunderbird was one of those clients; it might be useful to look at
>>> whether there are addition privacy features that could be implemented.
>>
>> Hey Gerv,
>>
>> thanks for the link.
>>
>> I've filed bug 1404748
>> <https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1404748> to disable
>> cookies in TB.
>>
>> Please keep the general discussion here, and respond here, not in the
>> bug.
>>
>> Ben
> 
> My understanding is that oAuth does not work is cookies are disabled? 
> At last it comes up in support for folk that have disabled them.
> 
> Matt

I can confirm the issue regularly pops up in support forum topics.
I then suggest to create an exception, and allow cookies for
accounts.google.com. That usually helps.
In my Thunderbird cookies are not allowed, and I do use the exception
too. I'm not exactly sure whether the exception is really needed though.
If I remember correctly, it also did work without it at some point.

Beyond that, I have Adblock Plus installed as an extension in
Thunderbird, with subscriptions for EasyPrivacy+EasyList.

Adblock Plus is being converted to a web extension, so I guess for
Thunderbird it will be stuck to the last compatible Adblock Plus
version. See section 'What about applications other than Firefox Desktop?'
https://adblockplus.org/blog/the-plan-towards-offering-adblock-plus-for-firefox-as-a-web-extension

-- 
Christian


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