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Firefox browser to move ahead with ‘Do Not Track’ option
WP ^ | Wednesday, June 19, 12:02 PM | By Craig Timberg,

Posted on 06/19/2013 10:48:48 AM PDT by DBCJR

The maker of the popular Firefox browser is moving ahead with plans to block the most common forms of Internet tracking, allowing hundreds of millions of users to limit who watches their movements across the Web, company officials said Wednesday.

The decision comes despite intense resistance from advertising groups, which have argued that tracking is essential to delivering well-targeted, lucrative ads that pay for many popular Internet services. When Firefox’s maker, Mozilla, first publicly suggested that it might limit blocking in February, one advertising executive called it “a nuclear first strike” against the industry.

Widespread release of the blocking technology remains months away, but Mozilla officials spoke confidently on Wednesday about the growing sophistication of tools they are building to limit the placement of “cookies” in the browsers of individual users.

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1 posted on 06/19/2013 10:48:48 AM PDT by DBCJR
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To: DBCJR

Doesn’t the Firefox addon “Ghostery” do pretty much the same thing?


2 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:03 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Religious faith in government is far crazier than religious faith in God.)
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To: DBCJR

Duckduckgo.com also advertises its privacy features


3 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:34 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: DBCJR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3cw4185gvM


4 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:51 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; Still Thinking; ...

5 posted on 06/19/2013 10:50:56 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: DBCJR
There's always been TOR browser, but it's slow.

I have to wonder if even onion routing can spoof NSA snooping...

6 posted on 06/19/2013 10:53:46 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Demand Common Sense Nut Control.)
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To: DBCJR

I’ve got No Script in place to stop at least some of that foolishness.


7 posted on 06/19/2013 10:54:40 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: DBCJR

And this stops the vacuuming at the router/ISP level how?


8 posted on 06/19/2013 10:54:59 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I use Ghostery, DoNotTrackMe, BetterPrivacy, NoScript — there is some overlap but no single one is adequate (also, many functions beyond blocking tracking).


9 posted on 06/19/2013 10:56:59 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Doesn’t the Firefox addon “Ghostery” do pretty much the same thing?

Yes. Don't browse a web page without it. How do I benefit from having a Google Analytics cookie on a webpage? Out it goes! And some web sites have a couple dozen similar trackers.

Being tracked across multiple websites by the same ad servers is like having the NSA rifle through my mail and pick out which junk mail I should read first based on my phone records.

10 posted on 06/19/2013 10:57:13 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: DBCJR

FF already has that, sort of.

Under Options >> Privacy

is a checkbox ‘Tell websites I do not want to be tracked’

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I use abine.com’s DoNotTrackMe (free and it works with FF and IE).

http://abine.com/


11 posted on 06/19/2013 10:57:27 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Black Agnes

DD-WRT does a good job if you use high-security passwords.

I use KeePass and generate a 256-bit password with letters, numbers, spaces, symbols, and ASCII characters. I can only access my router from home by copying the password from the KeePass database on my encrypted thumb drive which is paired to the TPM chip in my desktop which is powered off when it’s not in use.

It’s not fool proof by any means, but if someone really wanted my shit, they’d have to work for it.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 10:58:11 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Black Agnes

This effort is targeted against commercial tracking at the desktop level.


13 posted on 06/19/2013 10:59:24 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86

Adblock Plus

http://adblockplus.org/en/firefox


14 posted on 06/19/2013 10:59:52 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: KC_Lion

Those eyes, Those eyes!


15 posted on 06/19/2013 11:01:12 AM PDT by McGruff (I can't speak to the law here. The law is irrelevant,)
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To: rarestia

It’s vacuumed today and analyzed whenever they need it.

In 10 years they may very well have the ability to read it in real time. They, after all, have all our tax dollars to spend on that.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 11:01:18 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: rarestia

I also have a DD-WRT router but think he was referring to routers at the ISP level.


17 posted on 06/19/2013 11:01:25 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86

We’ve seen now that that’s largely the same thing as governmental tracking at the desktop level.


18 posted on 06/19/2013 11:01:50 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: TomGuy

That, too. First one I install! Just the other night noted that several pages would not even finish loading on an old memory-constrained laptop without Adblock installed. Noscript also saved a chunk of memory.


19 posted on 06/19/2013 11:02:56 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Ghostery works in Opera, too.


20 posted on 06/19/2013 11:06:12 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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